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It says breast cancer is at a tipping point as more women are surviving but more are being diagnosed than ever before.

The Lambert family is grateful for a month dedicated to making people more aware about the disease that has profoundly impacted their lives. And over 250,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. She serves on several national committees including the American College of Surgeons, the CDC Young Women with Breast Cancer Committee, and Young Survival Coalition. But that's not what someone fighting cancer wants to hear, she said. "He told me to take my breasts off, so take my breasts off", Sanders said.

"For me, I felt empowered knowing", Prestay said. "I always feel like I don't need to worry about hereditary cancer because they have my back". "Thanks to my mom, I was able to do that". She went through six rounds of chemo, a double mastectomy, and reconstruction. Last year, Dr. Rola Eid reconstructed Barber's breast to restore her symmetrical and feminine appearance. "It was hard, very hard, but I can not and (would) not give up". Fortunately, cancer researchers continue to uncover ways to enhance genomic testing, which is the study of the interaction of certain genes in your body that aid in the early identification of breast cancer.

Generally, women under the age of 50 are at lower risk of breast cancer, but risk increases as a woman gets older.

Though Fultz's story is not unusual, Jackson said it not very common.

Radiation for post-op patients might be delayed until further chemo is administered, depending on how much tumor was found in the breast after surgery.

"Breast cancer is a complex disease with multiple causes, types and treatment options", she said. Though there are numerous facets with which both men and women can be diagnosed, Jackson said they usually fall into two categories; ductal and lobular. That heightens a person's risk of breast cancer dramatically.

"Her breast cancer risk was calculated to be as high as up to 84-percent, in her lifetime, compared to 10 to 12-percent", Dr, Rogers said. The combination of chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy form the treatment protocol. Radiation side effects include shortness of breath and a cough while chemo side effects can be as mild as a headache, moderate as hair loss and severe as naseua and/or diarrhea.

"When I was sick, (former Calhoun Cares charity operator) Tammy Tutor Tallant donated a $25 gas card for every doctor's appointment I had", she said.

The white paper also pointed out that there is a lack of the comprehensive cancer research and data covering all the aspects of breast cancer in India.

The critical task, she says, is determining "exactly what we can target to get a response".


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