ABC correspondent Amy Robach diagnosed with breast cancer

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ABC correspondent Amy Robach is 40 years old and diagnosed with breast cancer. She went on Good Morning America and had a mammogram live for all of this great nation to see. Fellow GMA correspondent Robin Roberts is a cancer survivor herself. Roberts just underwent a stem cell transplant to treat a blood disease similar to leukemia. Roberts told Amy Robach “if you save just one life” doing the mammogram, it’s worth it.

That one life could be the one belonging to Amy Robach.

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Amy Robach was a 4th runner up in the Miss Georgia pageant in 1994. She graduated from the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!) with high honors in Broadcast Journalism. So she is a pageant queen that studied

After divorcing her first husband, with whom she had a couple kids, she married former Melrose Place star Andrew Shue.

What else did I find while researching Amy Robach?

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She previously worked at WTTG in Washington, D.C., and came to MSNBC in 2003 where she spent four years, including a stint anchoring two hours in the morning. She was named co-anchor of Weekend Today in July 2007. I don’t know what that is. Later Amy Robach would occasionally fill-in as an anchor on the weekday edition of the show and the NBC Nightly News. She had also filled in on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

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Here’s an excerpt from her essay on her diagnosis

On Thursday, Nov. 14, I will go into surgery where my doctors will perform a bilateral mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery. Only then will I know more about what that fight will fully entail, but I am mentally and physically as prepared as anyone can be in this situation.

And while 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. Every producer, every person who urged me to do this, changed my trajectory.

The doctors told me bluntly: “That mammogram just saved your life.”

I was also told this, for every person who has cancer, at least 15 lives are saved because people around them become vigilant. They go to their doctors, they get checked.

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.

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Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the world; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS

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