Another prominent newscaster has come forward with the revelation that she has had cancer. Long-time reporter and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell revealed on live television Wednesday that she spent her summer discovering, and treating, an early-stage case of breast cancer. She stated that she is now among the “one in eight women” in the country suffering from the disease, yet qualified that she is one of the “fortunate” ones.
As the cancer was detected early, Mitchell is on the mend with a reportedly excellent prognosis and is already back at work.
She stated that while she has for years participated in cancer research charities, she will now do so from a more personal and profound place.
Below is a portion of Mitchell’s transcript:
Now, a personal note, or how I spent my summer vacation. I had planned to be hiking in Wyoming last week, but instead discovered that i am now among the one in eight women in this country incredibly, one in eight, who have had breast cancer. Mine was discovered during my annual screening just a short time ago. Luckily for me I am one of the fortunate ones. We discovered it in the earliest stage. It had not spread, and I’m already back at work with a terrific prognosis. supporting research for breast cancer, prevention and cures is a cause that has always been important to me. For years I’ve participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and other events in solidarity with friends and other survivors. Now, my connection to that community is personal and much deeper. I’m looking at this as another of life’s lessons. For you women out there and for the men who love you, screening matters. Do it. This disease can be completely curable, if you find it at the right time. As for me, I am incredibly grateful to my wonderful doctors and the nurses. To my husband and family, and to the loving members of my other family, my colleagues here at NBC and MSNBC and, of course, to you, my loyal viewers.
You can view Mitchell’s revelation below: