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Cancer and Black History : Robin Roberts

One notable African American figure who was diagnosed with breast cancer and became an advocate is Robin Roberts. Roberts is a television broadcaster and co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America." In 2007, she was diagnosed with an early-stage form of breast cancer.

Following her diagnosis, Roberts openly shared her journey with breast cancer, raising awareness about the disease and the importance of early detection. She documented her treatment and recovery on "Good Morning America," inspiring many viewers and providing support to others going through similar experiences.

Roberts also used her platform to advocate for breast cancer research and access to quality healthcare. She has been involved in various initiatives and campaigns, including the Stand Up to Cancer telethon, to raise funds for cancer research and support services.

In addition to her advocacy work for breast cancer, Roberts has also been an advocate for bone marrow donation. In 2012, she underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). She shared her journey with MDS and encouraged others to register as bone marrow donors.

Through her openness and advocacy, Robin Roberts has become a powerful voice in the fight against breast cancer and other diseases. Her courage and resilience have inspired many and continue to make a positive impact in raising awareness and supporting those affected by cancer.


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