'GMA' anchor Roberts says she has cancer

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NEW YORK -- Four weeks after film critic Joel Siegel died of cancer, ABC's "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Roberts, 46, found a lump in her breast during a self exam the night she did a story in a tribute show about Siegel's bout with cancer and how he was an advocate of early screening for cancer. Siegel, who had appeared on "GMA" for 25 years, died June 29 of colon cancer.

She went to a doctor for a biopsy and got confirmation that she had an early form of breast cancer. She'll be going to have surgery Friday and follow up treatment; the prognosis is good.

"In the coming months, you will probably notice that I will have my good days and bad days, but I know I will get through it with the love and support of my family and friends," Roberts wrote on ABC.com.

Roberts made the announcement during Tuesday's "GMA" with co-anchor Diane Sawyer by her side. She said the cancer was not detected in a mammogram but instead in an ultrasound.

She'll work as much as she can throughout the recovery process.

Her story has struck a chord among viewers. As of mid-afternoon, there were 12,000 emails and counting of concern to Roberts.
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