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Mammogram = lifesaver


Actress Sarah Chalke gets a mammogram in this scene from
Actress Sarah Chalke gets a mammogram in this scene from "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," which will air on Lifetime. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

ABC reporter Amy Robach, 40, took the assignment a bit reluctantly: have a mammogram as part of a Good Morning, America segment during October’s breast cancer awareness effort.

When the results came back positive for cancer, she was stunned – and shared her reaction on GMA. Amy will undergo surgery on Thursday as part of her aggressive treatment plan. She appeared fighting tears as she spoke with her colleagues – her husband at her side – to the viewing audience.

As part of the segment, viewers were told that when one woman has a mammogram and tells others, she influences at least 15 other women to consider that screening procedure.

Nine years ago when a mammogram told me I had breast cancer, I wrote a column for the local paper and it appeared on the wall of a women’s clinic. A friend told me she saw it there. I had no idea my words were posted for other women to read, encouraging them to get a mammogram.

Sharing her screening, its results and her treatment plan, Amy will reach 15 women and millions more. In saving her own life, she is saving countless others. Take heed.

(S-R archive photo: Actress Sarah Chalke gets a mammogram in this scene from "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy," 2006)




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