Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 8, 2014 12:03 PM

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Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States who live to be 80 years old. The mortality rate is nearly nineteen percent. If you are a woman over the age of 40, I urge you to have your mammograms. Thirteen years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and if it was not for mammograms, I might not be alive today. My type of cancer was called DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ), which means that it was primarily confined to the milk ducts. If diagnosed early enough, women with this form of breast cancer have an excellent prognosis, and hopefully you will be as lucky as me and not have your lymph nodes involved. DCIS is only picked up through mammograms because there are no palpable tumors.

While I am doing fine and free from breast cancer, I must say that the experience changed my life forever. I never thought I would become a breast cancer statistic. After all, there was no cancer of any kind in my family, but at the age of 47 while raising three wonderful children and having just ce...

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