One month after undergoing a mammogram to educate "Good Morning America" viewers on the procedure, Amy Robach has announced the surprise diagnosis she received from that test.
"It's still hard for me to say the words out loud. I have breast cancer," the 40-year-old "ABC News'" correspondent revealed.
Robach agreed to the on-air mammogram as part of "GMA's" October Pink initiative to educate viewers on women's health issues. Her decision to have the test was made largely in part by her avoidance of it.
"I'm 40 years old. I've never had a mammogram," she said. "I've avoided it. And I started thinking, 'Wow, if I've put it off, how many other people have put it off as well?'"
Doctors told Robach, a mother of five, that her division to participate in the segment likely saved her life.
As for treatment, Robach has elected to pursue a bilateral mastectomy - a procedure similar to the one that Angelina Jolie had earlier this year.
"I've decided to be very aggressive," she says. "I'll have reconstructive surgery. And, we don't know. There's a lot you don't know until you have the surgery. I don't know about chemo. I don't know what stage I am. I don't know if it has spread. So we'll find out those things in the weeks to come."
Related on MNN:
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.