Dr. Barbara Huggins

Breast Cancer: A Survivor’s Story

May 10, 2007

Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Story -  May 10, 2007Dorothy Taylor's courageous battle against breast cancer is an inspiration for all women. Though she was only 46 at the time of her diagnosis, had no family history and had normal mammograms, Dorothy continued to do monthly breast self exams. It was only 3 months after a normal mammogram that she discovered her tumor herself. Her message is clear: "You need to take care of you. Know your body. Don't be afraid to touch your breasts".

Breast cancer often starts as a small lump in the breast and is one of the most common cancers in women. Breast cancer is a disease that can be treated and cured.

Current myths surrounding breast cancer are:

The cause of breast cancer is unknown. Any woman, any age, can develop breast cancer. However, there are some factors that can increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer.

These risk factors are:

Some of these risk factors you can control such as use of alcohol, smoking, and obesity.

Never ignore a lump or change in the look or feel of your breast. If you discover a lump or change in your breast, schedule an appointment with your health care provider.

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