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Shirley Li
November 11, 2013 AT 02:48 PM EST

Good Morning America correspondent Amy Robach announced Monday morning that she has breast cancer, after participating in an on-air mammogram for the show’s October Pink Initiative.

“It’s still hard for me to say the words out loud. I have breast cancer,” Robach said on GMA. The journalist said she was hesitant about the screening — “I was a little reluctant at first. I’m 40, I’m the age, and I’ve been putting it off,” she told colleague Robin Roberts — but Roberts, a breast cancer survivor herself, encouraged Robach to do so.

Robach’s colleagues joined her during the announcement, with Roberts holding her hand. Though Robach said she doesn’t know the stage of her cancer, she has decided to have a bilateral mastectomy.

“I’m so grateful that I got the mammogram that day,” she said. “Robin’s words still echo inside of me: ‘If I got the mammogram on-air and saved one life, then it’s all worth it,’ she had said. It never occurred to me that life would be mine.”

Watch her announcement below.

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