Thank goodness for TV anchors and their on-air health screenings! Sure, we laughed at Matt Lauer and Al Roker when they got embarrassing prostate exams on live television, but let's face it, they can save a life!!!
For example, Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach participated in an on-air mammogram screening last month, and we are SO GLAD she did, because she's been diagnosed with cancer.
She talked about how she was hesitant to get the exam, but she said:
"I was a little reluctant at first. I'm 40, I'm the age and I've been putting it off."
What happened was, she got the on-air mammogram — and doctors followed up with additional tests, tests that revealed the breast cancer. She has NO family history of the disease.
"It's still hard for me to say the words out loud. I have breast cancer. Telling my children was the toughest part. But that's when you get strong, because you have to be strong for other people. I have decided to have a bilateral mastectomy. I'm so grateful that I got the mammogram that day. Robin's words still echo inside of me 'If I got the mammogram on-air and saved one life then it's all worth it' she had said. It never occurred to me that that life would be mine."
Amy is married to Melrose Place star Andrew Shue, and has two daughters and three stepsons.
So there are a LOT of lives that have been helped by this ONE mammogram and diagnosis!
We're so happy she caught it, but so sad that she has it at all! We wish her nothing but the best, and we totally know she can beat this thing!!
Watch her emotional reveal (below) — it's absolutely worth your time!
[Image via ABC.]
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