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ABC News correspondent battling breast cancer

New York - ABC News correspondent Amy Robach has revealed she is battling breast cancer.

In an op-ed published Monday, Robach, 40, said that the diagnosis came after having a mammogram on live TV in October. A few weeks later, she was informed that she had breast cancer.

"I would have considered it virtually impossible that I would have cancer," Robach wrote in Monday's piece. "I work out, I eat right, I take care of myself and I have very little family history; in fact, all of my grandparents are still alive."

Robach said that she is scheduled to have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Thursday. She credits the mammogram with helping her detect the illness early.

"(W)hile everyone who gets cancer is clearly unlucky, I got lucky by catching it early, and there are so many people to thank for making sure I did," she said. "Every producer, every person who urged me to do this, changed my trajectory. The doctors told me bluntly: 'That mammogram just saved your life.'"

To read Robachs op-ed in its entirety, click here.

Photo courtesy ABC News, GMA

 
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