'Good Morning America' Reporter Amy Robach Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis
It was a heart-breaking moment on live TV as Good Morning America reporter Amy Robach revealed she has breast cancer.
"Words I never expected to hear—I was told that I have breast cancer," announced Robach. "I'm going to be very aggressive. I'm 40 years old. I'm young and I hopefully have a lot of life ahead of me."
You'll never believe how Robach found out the shocking news. Just six weeks ago, she had a routine mammogram live on GMA as part of the show's coverage of breast cancer awareness month.
Robach, a mom with two little girls, was reluctant to be tested, but now says the assignment may have saved her life.
"I'm so, so lucky because you guys pushed me into that mammogram. Thank God you did, because I know me and I wasn't in any rush to have that done anytime soon."
As Robach revealed plans to undergo a double mastectomy and have reconstructive surgery, she held hands with ABC Senior Medical Contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton, who we caught up with later.
Dr. Ashton told INSIDE EDITION, "There were tears in all of our eyes at the end of the segment. But they were as much tears of love and support as they were of sorrow that she's going through this."
Watch More Of Dr. Ashton's Interview Here
Robach's bravery—on display for the entire nation to see—inspired INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney to get a mammogram.
McInerney said, "I, like Amy and so many other women out there, have made excuses and have put off getting a mammogram. I was too busy. I was afraid of what they might find. I also didn't see the urgency because I have no family history. But, did you know 85 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease? So, here goes—my first mammogram."
McInerney had hers today at Madison Avenue Women's Imaging in New York City.
"It actually didn't hurt at all. I thought it was going to hurt. It was a little uncomfortable, and it took less than 10 minutes," reported McInerney.
McInerney will get back the results Thursday.
Dr. Ashton told INSIDE EDITION, "As a gynecologist, I still recommend that my patients at age 40, the average-risk woman, get a baseline mammogram, and get one every year."
"Little did I know I'd be a walking example, that having a mammogram saved my life," added Robach.