NBC’s Andrea Mitchell announces that she has breast cancer on air (video)

By Daniel S Levine,

Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, announced on Wednesday on her MSNBC show, Andrea Mitchell Reports that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said on the show that the cancer was caught in its earliest stages, so her prognosis is described as “terrific,” according to MSNBC.

According to Reuters, Mitchell said that she will dedicate herself to the cause of fighting the cancer.

"I had planned to be hiking in Wyoming last week, but instead discovered that I am now among the 1 in 8 women in this country — incredibly 1 in 8 — who have had breast cancer," said Mitchell, who is a veteran journalist. She covers American foreign policy for NBC, as well as intelligence and national security issues.

Several of her colleagues have come out to support her, according to Media Bistro. “... We’re all pulling for her. She’s tougher than any disease,” wrote USA Today correspondent Susan Page. PBS’s Gwen Ifill added, “Andrea Mitchell once again shares her gifts of toughness and tenacity. Add to that courage. Love and prayers to my friend.”

You can watch her announcement here:

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