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Good Morning America's Amy Robach Headlines NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

News Anchor Discusses Importance of Breast Cancer Early Detection and Screening after Her Own Surprise Diagnosis

Amy Robach on the cover of the NIHMedlinePlus Magazine Summer 2014

"There are nearly 2 million breast cancer survivors in this country," explains ABC-TV's Amy Robach in the Summer 2014 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the magazine, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/, where she is the featured cover personality, "and we are thriving, excelling, living."

But her health and even her survival were called into question in November 2013, when she agreed to have the first-ever mammogram on live TV, to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After the procedure, she went back for some follow-up images and several hours later, to her shock, at age 40 and with no family history, she had a breast cancer diagnosis. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy and now has a clean bill of health. The experience has made her a passionate advocate for early detection and treatment of the disease.

Robach recounts more of her story, including the importance of her Good Morning America co-star, Robin Roberts, also a breast cancer survivor, in this process, and her personal coping strategies, in the current issue of NIH MedlinePlus. This free quarterly publication is available to all US residents, via mail, and also free to anyone online.

NIH MedlinePlus the magazine debuted in 2006 at an event in the US Congress attended by lawmakers, their staff, and members of the press. Dr. Elias Zerhouni, then director of the National Institutes of Health, attended and spoke about the new magazine and how it can help to bring good health information to the public. NIH MedlinePlus features “news you can use” from all of the NIH Institutes and Centers, focusing on the latest biomedical research and how it can benefit the health and wellness of consumers. Its editorial staff is based at the US National Library of Medicine, with a trans-NIH Advisory Group. It is published by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. NIH MedlinePlus the magazine grew out of NIH’s popular Web site MedlinePlus.gov, produced by the National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus.gov offers reliable, easy-to-understand information on conditions, diseases and staying well. The Web site is free and available in English and Spanish.

The Summer 2014 magazine includes lots of helpful information on breast cancer from the National Institutes of Health, including “Breast Cancer Basics and You,” and a section on detection and diagnosis of the disease. There is information on staging and treatment, a list of research topics and helpful phone numbers and Web sites that can point interested parties to even more information.

"More than 80 percent of breast cancer patients have zero family history," Amy Robach points out. “I had no knowledge of that statistic until I became a part of it."

"Women have to realize that ignorance is not bliss when it comes to cancer," she continues. “Get screened. Every year. No excuses."

The world's largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

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