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Early Detection Saves Lives: A Real World Breast Cancer Story

We would like to thank the courageous employee who shared their story, helping us bring awareness to breast cancer.

“As a millennial and now a 6-year breast cancer survivor, I believe it is important to raise awareness about the possibility of developing breast cancer for people of all ages and backgrounds. 

I started experiencing symptoms when I was 28 years old. I was misdiagnosed and thankfully sought a second opinion. That second opinion saved my life. 

After my first surgery I received a pathology report identifying multiple areas of proven malignancy. Soon afterwards, I had a bilateral mastectomy. 

I completed my last stage of reconstructive surgery the day before my 30th birthday. Instead of celebrating being 30, I celebrated being alive and now 6 years in remission today. 

"Early detection saves lives - I am living proof of that."

Breast cancer can affect you regardless of your age, race or whether you have a family history of breast cancer or not. In my case, I do not have a family history of breast cancer. 

Early detection saves lives – I am living proof of that.

It’s extremely important to do your breast cancer screenings. If you are under 40 years old, and experience symptoms or detect any abnormalities in your breasts, please seek medical attention.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month I will be participating in the American Cancer Society© Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks in Brooklyn (10/9/22) and Manhattan (10/16/22). It’s not too late to sign up or donate.”

Facts you need to know:

According to the American Cancer Society:

  • Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. Instructions on how to perform a self exam from the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.
  • Women aged 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year
  • Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
  • All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening. 
  • Women should also know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a healthcare provider right away.
  • Talk with a healthcare provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.