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Amy Robach says on-air mammogram saved her, says 'spread the word'

ABC News reporter Amy Robach announced Monday that she has breast cancer — and that she learned about the disease only after her ABC colleagues persuaded her to have a mammogram on “Good Morning America” as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Robach, 40, wrote in a blog post that she had been putting off getting a mammogram when a GMA producer asked her if she would consider doing it on air. At the time, she considered it “virtually impossible” that she had cancer.

“That day, when I was asked to do something I really didn’t want to do, something I had put off for more than a year, I had no way of knowing that I was in a life-or-death situation,” she wrote.

Robach’s on-air mammogram took place Oct. 1. A few weeks later, she learned she had breast cancer. She’ll have a bilateral mastectomy Nov. 14.

If her colleagues hadn’t convinced her that she could save lives by doing an on-air mammogram, she wrote, “I would never have been able to save my own.”

Robach tweeted her thanks to supporters earlier Monday:

Gratitude..For all who have written, tweeted, called, kept me in their prayers. Spread the word, save lives. http://t.co/rrw0NYljLj

— Amy Robach (@arobach) November 11, 2013

laura.davis@latimes.com

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