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31st Oct 2019

Journalist diagnosed with breast cancer during live TV report

Anna O'Rourke

A TV reporter in the US was diagnosed with breast cancer during a mammogram screening that was aired live online.

Journalist Ali Meyer was being screened for a segment on the disease in October 2018 when she was told that she had a growth in her right breast.

Speaking after her diagnosis, the 41-year-old said the news was “hard and shocking” to deal with.

“It does kind of rock you to your core,” she told KFOR News in Oklahoma City.

“I was just sure we’d have nothing today, but here we are…

“This is not the news I was hoping to tell you about to raise breast cancer awareness, but it’s what I got.”


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She wasted no time in setting a treatment plan in place and decided to have her right breast removed.

“It felt like forced mutilation, like cancer was stealing away part of my body.”

Her form of cancer, non-invasive ductile breast cancer, high high survival rates and Ali worked hard to fight the illness. She even allowed cameras to film her breast reconstruction surgery.

Ali is now completely cancer free. One year on, she said she was determined to spread the word about getting checked.

“My outcome was better because my mammogram found the cancer before I even knew it was there.”