Finding out that you have breast cancer is shocking and overwhelming, but it’s important to educate yourself as much as possible and find out all the treatments and options available. It is good to be familiar with medical screening tests available as well as best practices for self-examination. Early detection is always best, but that is not always possible.
In 1992, Marianna didn’t have the option of early detection even though she was compliant with regular medical screenings and self-examinations and was diagnosed with malignant breast cancer which showed signs that the cancer had spread to her regional lymph nodes. This type of diagnosis has a five year survival rate of about 84%. Marianna was very surprised at the diagnosis and was not sure what to do.
Since 1992, breast cancer awareness, diagnosis, and treatment has come a long way. Recovery rates are higher than ever before and more people are aware and better able to prevent and prepare.
Marianna ended up choosing a Bone Marrow Transplant which was a new procedure at that time she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The procedure went well and knocked out all cancer cells present. Since the procedure new medication and detection processes have come along and have helped many other women defeat breast cancer. Marianna is a 20+ year survivor and is still enjoying her life today.
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Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2013, and the National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database.
Susan G. Komen – Website https://ww5.komen.org/breastcancer/earlydetectionampscreening.html