NBC news reporter Andrea Mitchell, who is former Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan’s wife, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, which was detected from an annual screening test.
Mitchell revealed that she had the cancer at the end of her MSNBC show on Wednesday. She said to viewers, it was detected early, and she is already back at work with a “terrific prognosis.”
“Now, a personal note, on 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 breast cancer,” she said.
“Luckily for me, I am one of the fortunate ones,” she said. “We discovered it in the earliest stage. It has not spread, and Iâ€™m already back at work with a terrific prognosis.”
“Iâ€™m looking at this as another of lifeâ€™s lessons,” she said. “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.”
She has been the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News since November 1994. Previously, she had served as Chief White House Correspondent (1993–1994) and Chief Congressional Correspondent (1988–1992) for NBC News.
In 2005, Mitchell published a book entitled Talking Back… to Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels, chronicling her work as a journalist. Mitchell hosts a program on MSNBC entitled Andrea Mitchell Reports. It broadcasts weekdays from 1 PM ET/10 AM PT.
Mitchell said she had long supported research for breast cancer prevention and cures, and has for years participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and other events in solidarity with friends and other survivors. Now, she said, her connection to that community is “personal and much deeper.”