1. Headline
  1. Headline

Video: Mitchell on breast cancer: 'Back at work with terrific prognosis'

msnbc.com
updated 9/7/2011 3:24:26 PM ET 2011-09-07T19:24:26

Andrea Mitchell, NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent, announced on air Wednesday that she has breast cancer, saying to other women: "Screening matters. Do it."

  1. Stories from
    1. Ugandan Man Has Best Reaction Ever to Virtual Reality Headset (VIDEO)
    2. Big Brother Winner Dick Donato: 'I Am HIV Positive'
    3. Jason Kennedy and Lauren Scruggs: Countdown to Wedding!
    4. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Launches Exhibition of Favorite Film Costumes
    5. Amal Alamuddin 'Was Looking for Mr. Perfect' When She Met George Clooney, Bride's Friend Shares at Wedding

"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," the veteran journalist said.

She said her cancer was caught in the "earliest stages" and she described her prognosis as "terrific." Mitchell did not say what kind of treatment she had undergone.

"Mine was discovered during my annual screening just a short time ago," she said. "Luckily for me, I am one of the fortunate ones; we discovered it in the earliest stage, it hadn't spread, and I'm already back at work with a terrific prognosis."

"I’m looking at this as another of life’s lessons," Mitchell said. "For you women out there and the men who love you, screening matters. Do it. This disease can be completely curable if you find it at the right time."

Mitchell is also host of "Andrea Mitchell Reports,"an hour of political news and interviews with top newsmakers that airs each day at 1 p.m. ET on msnbc cable television.

Mitchell currently covers foreign policy, intelligence and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for all NBC News properties.

As a featured political correspondent in 2004, Mitchell was a regular panelist on MSNBC’s “Hardball” and was the first reporter to break the story that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry had chosen Sen. John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate.

Click here to read more about Mitchell

© 2013 msnbc.com Reprints

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Joan Lunden: 10 things I wish I knew before I was diagnosed with breast cancer

    From the moment you hear the words ‘You have breast cancer,’ it’s almost like you’re shot out of a cannon. Here are 10 things I wish I knew before I was diagnosed.

    10/1/2014 10:52:45 AM +00:00 2014-10-01T10:52:45
  2. Want to help? A guide to breast cancer charities

    In the United States an estimated 296,000 women and 2,240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and almost 40,000 women and 410 men will die of the disease. That's one death every 14 minutes, according to the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

    10/1/2014 10:45:11 AM +00:00 2014-10-01T10:45:11
  3. TODAY
Exclusive
  1. TODAY

    Derek Jeter dismisses 'most eligible bachelor' title: 'No, no, no'

    10/1/2014 11:43:39 AM +00:00 2014-10-01T11:43:39
  1. TODAY

    Al, Jay Leno kick off USO comedy tour in Afghanistan

    10/1/2014 11:00:13 AM +00:00 2014-10-01T11:00:13
  1. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

    video Joan Lunden tells Hoda she’s ‘beating’ cancer; talks to women fighting cancer on the plaza

    10/1/2014 2:05:08 PM +00:00 2014-10-01T14:05:08