ABC Anchor Diagnosed With Breast Cancer After Getting Mammogram on Air

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Last month, ABC News Amy Robach had a televised mammogram Good Morning America to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although she was initially reluctant, she agreed after GMA's Robin Roberts, a breast cancer survivor herself, told her, "If one life is saved because of early detection, it's all worth it."


The mammogram segment aired in early October; however, unbeknownst to viewers, the story didn't end there. Last week Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer. On Thursday, she will undergo a double mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery. In an ABC blog post, she wrote, "The doctors told me bluntly: 'That mammogram just saved your life.'"

She also wrote:

[W]hile everyone who gets cancer is clearly unlucky, I got lucky by catching it early, and there are so many people to thank for making sure I did. Every producer, every person who urged me to do this, changed my trajectory.

The New York Times reports that Robach will be taking a leave of absence while she undergoes and recovers from surgery. "I am mentally and physically prepared as anyone can be in this situation," she wrote.

She added, "I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram to take a self exam. No excuses. It is the difference between life and death."

Here's the GMA clip in which she discusses her diagnosis:


"ABC News' Amy Robach Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis" [ABC]



Ok, now I´m really wondering. I´m 31. Should I be getting mammograms? They say early detection is key, but they also say that there is a lot of overdiagnosis of otherwise non-harmful forms of cancer. So it´s better to wait?

But I don´t want to get cancer.

I´ve also heard that mammograms aren´t a good idea for those under the age of 40 because breast tissue is too dense to get a proper reading. Is that still the accepted guideline, or has this also changed?

I´d love to hear any recent doctor´s advice or personal opinions based on science that you all might have...

Because I don´t want the cancer.