Local police go pink for breast cancer

Ocean Davies Camryn Young and Diana Owens

Ocean Davies Camryn Young and Diana Owens

During an interview, Susan Hunk, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer as of April of 2017, told WAND-TV what she had gone through after she discovered a lump in her right breast in March of 2017. MBC is when the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body such as the brain or the bones. Proceeds will help support early detection, education, support services, and research for those affected by breast cancer. Statistics show that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and about 40,920 women in the USA are expected to die in 2018 from the disease, according to Breastcancer.org. More than 90% of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage survive their disease, compared to around 15% for women diagnosed with the most advanced stage of the disease.

Presenting yourself early for treatment may result in more effective treatment, leading to a reduction in pain and suffering and a significant decrease in the loss of life.

"I can't overemphasize the fact that mammograms save lives", says Dr. Patra.

But, why men, do they get cancer in their breasts? "By the time you can feel it, it's a decent-sized lesion".

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Schneps Community News Group's annual "Pink Paper" is dedicated to our local resources, researchers, support teams and survivors - because we share the struggle, and are mindful of the sobering statistics and excruciating toll of this deadly disease.

It is recommended that women get screening mammograms beginning at age 40 and continuing annually. Because of this, tumors are often unseen or “masked” on mammography exams. Afterward, if necessary, comes a needle biopsy, which detects the presence (or absence) of cancerous cells within the lesion.

Susan G. Komen® is the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research, after the US government.

The American College of Radiologys new guidelines also recommend all women have a breast cancer risk assessment by 30, especially if they are African-American or of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, due to their unusually high risk for the disease. It is important that MBC patients receive information relevant to them and that they are empowered to take an active role in their treatment in order to receive the best possible care.

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