An ABC News reporter revealed today on "Good Morning America" that she has breast cancer. The New York Daily News reports that Amy Robach announced her diagnosis and said she will undergo a double mastectomy.
The mastectomy is scheduled for Nov. 14. Robach, 40, told Robin Roberts on the show: "I’ve decided to be very aggressive."
Robach went through a mammogram on live television in October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and credits that assignment with enabling her to catch the cancer in time.
"The reporter recounted the fateful ‘GMA’ assignment she received early in October that would eventually save her life," the story reports. Robach said during the segment: "Between flying all over the world for work, and running around with my kids to school and ballet and gymnastics like so many women, I just kept putting it off."
Roberts, who is herself a cancer survivor, reportedly convinced Robach to go ahead with the assignment.
Said Robach: "Thank God you did. I had cancer the whole time we were sitting in that office, and I said, I don’t have any connection to that disease."
On her ABC News health blog, Robach wrote: "I was asked to do something I really didn’t want to do, something I had put off for more than a year, I had no way of knowing that I was in a life-or-death situation.
"I would have considered it virtually impossible that I would have cancer. I work out, I eat right, I take care of myself and I have very little family history; in fact, all of my grandparents are still alive."
Here’s Robach’s video report: