Former Charleston TV news reporter Amy Robach says she has breast cancer, a month after she was given a mammogram on the air for a “Good Morning America” story.
Robach, who is a correspondent with ABC News, said Monday she’ll have both breasts surgically removed Thursday.
She was asked by producers to have the mammogram for a story because she was 40, an age where women are encouraged to be more vigilant checking for breast cancer. She said a doctor told her the mammogram saved her life.
Robach was a frequent fill-in on ABC’s morning show while Robin Roberts was fighting a serious blood and bone marrow disease.
“I’ve decided to be very aggressive. ... I’ll have reconstructive surgery,” Robach told Roberts on the air today.
Robach was fresh out of the University of Georgia when she took a job at NBC’s local affiliate, Mount Pleasant-based WCBD-TV. She was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at Channel 2 from 1995 to 1999.
She is married to former “Melrose Place” actor Andrew Shue.