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Robach Cancer Diagnosis Helps Push For Mammograms

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WMDT 47 News - It's one test that for some can be frightening and overwhelming.
The mammogram. It's used for early detection in breast cancer and is recommended for women age 40 and over.

Good Morning America anchor, Amy Robach, recently had live mammogram on GMA and today announced her breast cancer diagnosis. "I'm 40, I'm the age and I have been putting it off," Robach said. She voiced a reality that's shared by many women. The decision to have a mammogram is a difficult one, often steeped in nervousness and fear.

Kathy Foxwell, a nurse navigator from Peninsula Regional Medical Center, encourages women to push through that fear because of what she calls a very important test. "Mammograms are a very quick test used to identify and find breast cancer in a very early stage," says Foxwell. Kathy says they're easy and straight forward and in the case of Amy Robach, probably life saving, "Certainly if she had not had that mammogram, if we were to wait two years down the road, we would be looking at a very different picture."

Some hesitations about the test stem from talk of major discomfort to downright pain, but there are ways around that. "Limit intake of caffeine; take Motrin or Tylenol to help with discomfort. Some women have no problems at all and it's a really small price to pay for a life saving test," shares Foxwell.

It's a test Amy Robach now says she's glad she said yes to, "I'm so grateful that I got that mammogram that day at GMA. Robin's words still echoing inside of me, if I got the mammogram on air and it saved one life, then it's all worth it, she had said. It never occurred to me that life would be mine." Amy Robach will undergo a bilateral mastectomy Thursday followed by reconstructive surgery.

If you want more information on getting a mammogram we have some under 47 Weblinks. Or if you would like to schedule yours today, call the PRMC Breast Center at 410-546-6400.

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