Kate Ward
September 07, 2011 AT 11:05 PM EDT

Some news Andrea Mitchell likely hoped never to report: On her MSNBC show Andrea Mitchell Reports Wednesday, Mitchell announced she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Said Mitchell, “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 … who have had breast cancer.”

Luckily, the news isn’t that bad. Mitchell’s cancer was discovered at a very early stage, and the cancer has not spread. “I’m looking at this as another of life’s lessons,” she said on the show. “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.”

In past years, Mitchell has participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Watch the video of her announcement below: 

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