it seems nowadays nearly everyone has been touched in some way by breast cancer. Having lost my mother to this obnoxious disease in 1993, and recently one of my best friends was diagnosed just after her 50th birthday party - compelled me to write this simple reminder that all women should regularly be checked.
If you have a history in your family talk to your doctor now about what your options are for screening - don't wait. I personally went through the genetic screening to determine my probability of ending up with breast cancer. For me it didn't indicate much more than what I already knew before the screening: I am at a higher risk because I have direct family members (mother & maternal grandmother) who have had the disease. Screening is a very personal choice, but screening and finding something early could make all the difference for your long-term survival. Cancer has a stealth way of taking over your life. You don't know it's there unless you detect it through proper screening.
I was very thankful that my mom found her cancer the first time early on. She received treatment and was cancer free for an entire year - I cherish the extra year we had with her.
Although my friend is still battling, her prognosis is good. She had surgery last week and the surgeon's feel confident that they have removed what they can and possibly even all of her disease. Please do more than just think Pink - do something, get screened, get the facts.
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