Mar 10, 2014
ABC Reporter Diagnosed With Breast Cancer After On-Air Test
Posted on Nov 12, 2013
It’s become one of the tired routines in television news—the reporter or anchor goes through a medical test to show everyone how easy it is. But for Amy Robach of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” journalism cliche became diagnosis: breast cancer.
Robach, 40, underwent her first mammogram in October as part of the program’s “GMA Goes Pink” programming tie-in with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (the reason you were seeing, among other things, all that pink on National Football League players). When Robach returned to the doctor’s office for a follow-up, she learned that what she thought was a bit of public service journalism might well save her life.
Robach discussed the diagnosis both on air and on ABC News’ website:
In a bit of poignant interconnections, GMA anchor Robin Roberts—who survived breast cancer five years ago and recently has been battling myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone-marrow disease—was part of the program in which Robach underwent the mammogram.
Yes, it was staged television. But it also was a lesson in early detection. Robach points out that she had been putting off getting her first mammogram for a year or so. Although it’s good news for her that the test discovered a life-threatening disease she didn’t know she had, you can’t help but wonder whether the cancer might have been discovered even earlier in its progression had Robach not put off the test.
It’s also worth considering that Robach, and Roberts, have access to quality health care and screenings. But millions of American women do not, particularly after the federal cuts under the budget sequestration. So on the one hand we can celebrate one woman’s early diagnosis, but we also need to note the uncounted others who might be facing early deaths because of policies that deny them equal access to life-saving diagnoses and treatments.
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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