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ABC's Amy Robach reveals breast cancer diagnosis

ABC News reporter Amy Robach revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer after getting a mammogram on-air. (Lou Rocco)
November 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
ABC News reporter Amy Robach revealed Monday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The stunning announcement came a month after getting a mammogram live on "Good Morning America."

Robach, who is 40 years old, was too scared to have mammogram. She finally agreed to get one when a producer at "Good Morning America" asked if she would be willing to do it on-air on Oct 1.

A few weeks after the mammogram, she found out she had breast cancer.

"Words I never expected to hear. I was told that I have breast cancer," Robach said on "Good Morning America."

Robach said she will have a bilateral mastectomy on Thursday, followed by reconstructive surgery.

"Only then will I know more about what that fight will fully entail, but I am mentally and physically as prepared as anyone can be in this situation," she said.

She had put off getting a mammogram for more than a year. Robach said her doctor told her the mammogram saved her life.

"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," she said.

She said she hopes her story will inspire women to get mammograms or take a self exam because it can mean the difference between life and death.

Robach was a frequent fill-in on ABC's morning show while Robin Roberts was fighting a serious blood and bone marrow disease.

ABC News contributed to this report.