Robach wrote in a blog post on US network ABC’s website that doctors told her: “That mammogram just saved your life.”
In the blog post, Robach says she was approached by a producer and was initially reluctant to do the test on TV.
She explains: “On October 1, I had my first mammogram, in front of millions of people. After breathing a big sigh of relief once it was done, my breath was taken away only a few weeks later. I thought I was going back in for a few follow-up images, only to find out in a matter of hours that I had breast cancer,” she wrote.
The TV anchor has revealed that she’ll go into surgery where doctors will perform a bilateral mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery.
The 40 year old also added that she hopes her story will help other women.
She added, “I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self exam. No excuses. It is the difference between life and death.”
While Robach gets ready for her battle with breast cancer, it’s in your best interest to get a mammogram as well.
Here’s why you need to go for a mammogram
Going for a mammogram is said to be the most effective breast cancer screening tool.
A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breast used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and help decrease breast cancer deaths, explains the Mayo Clinic.
During a mammogram, your breasts are compressed between two firm surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. Then an X-ray captures black-and-white images of your breasts that are displayed on a computer screen and examined by a doctor who looks for signs of cancer.
The medical website sates that mammography can either be used for screening or for diagnostic purposes in evaluating a breast lump:
According to My Cancer, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women (after lung cancer) and is the most common cancer among women.
If there’s one thing you should take from Robach’s story, it’s that early detection is key towards curbing these deaths. So make sure you go for your mammogram and examine your breasts regularly.