This past February, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully it was caught in the very early stages! She opted to have a double mastectomy, even though the cancer was only found on the side they biopsied. After her surgery, her surgeon also discovered cancer on her right side. Since her cancer was found so early, she did not have to receive radiation or chemotherapy.
Greetings! For some October only means the beginning of Fall. For me it is also a time to bring more awareness about breast cancer. When I was 17 years old, a small lump was found in my right breast. Normally this wouldn’t be a big concern, but because of family history my doctor took it very seriously. I have lost aunts on both sides of my family to breast cancer. Luckily for me, the lump was removed and found to be benign. Early detection is the best at trying to beat this disease. At the beginning of each month I perform a self-breast checkup. Even if you aren’t sure what to “feel” for, your doctor will most likely have a model of a breast and can help you understand what you should be looking for.