ABC’s News reporter Amy Robach was hesitant to get a mammogram on air; however, since the discovery of her breast cancer doctors have now found a second tumor.
Through her decision to go ahead with a bliteral mastectomy, the doctor managed to detect a second tumor that had been invisible to MRI scans, mammograms and sonograms. The previous week’s surgery had found that the cancer had spread to her sentinel lymph node. Despite this, Amy Robach was glad to reveal that this treatment would not mean that she would have to be absent from work.
The doctors told her that ” for every person who has cancer, at least 15 lives are saved because people around them become vigilant.” Cancer research’s analysis shows that in 201o, 49,564 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 11,556 females died from breast cancer.It is the one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and women are at a much greater threat.
The key signs to look out for that are indicative of breast cancer are: a lump or areas of thickened tissue or bumps in the breast, a lump or swelling in the armpit, skin that looks like orange peel and has dimples, a change in the size or shape of the breast, crusting on or around the nipple or a nipple that becomes turned in or points differently and leaking nipples.
With the finding of her second tumor, Amy Robach urges women to get professionally checked for breast cancer. The risk factors to be aware of are age, reproductive and family history, previous breast disease, breast density, endogenous hormones (oestrogen and testosterone) and exogenous hormones (oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy).
Robach is in complete disbelief of the event leading up to her diagnosis of cancer, but is thoroughly thankful that she underwent the mammogram.Doctors have said without it she would not have been treated in time, and without her choice to battle her cancer with a bliteral mastectomy, the second tumor would not have been found.
Colleagues and friends have all been visiting her frequently. She has spoken about how both physically and emotionally, she has been through a great turmoil but now she insists it is only making her stronger than she was before. She also stated that it has given her the ability to really appreciate the value of life, health and kindness, and that it is like she is now looking “through a different lens”.
Those that survive cancer are warned about the effects after treatment. Survivors can struggle with a range of emotions, from relief that their treatment is over to anxieties about what will happen in the future and their fear of recurrence. They can also struggle as they miss their support systems, for example people who have nursed them from the health care teams.
A lot of survivors also feel guilty for surviving where others haven’t. They may have physical, psychological and sexual problems to overcome and relationships may have changed. Ultimately, survivors can sometimes find it hard to get back to normality.
Although Amy Robach has been told she has a second malignant tumor, she remains positive and focuses on getting back to work.
By Melissa McDonald