Breast cancer survivor says 'early detection still key to survival'

Ben Davidson
October 5, 2018

She said in-line with Kinabalu Pink Ribbon (KPR)'s objective in creating awareness and educating the public pertaining to the importance of early detection of breast cancer, the centre provides counselling as well as treatment for patients.

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"About 50 percent of women have dense breast tissue".

Breast density is one of several risk factors but is not a major cancer risk factor compared with other commonly recognized risk factors such as age or family history of breast cancer. MRI of the breast is an approved screening tool for patients who have a hereditary breast cancer syndrome.

"I read about this doctor who worked in London and collected money for breast cancer outside the tube every day after work".

It makes sense that the issue of breast cancer would be a big cause for fundraising for women's programs: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women.

Like any other of her contemporaries, skepticism from fellow researchers and other challenges also greeted American geneticist Mary-Claire King when she set out to establish a genetic link to breast cancer more than four decades ago. Donna, 45, retired from participating in professional athletics after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, aged just 36. "In Keri's case, her tumors were found and treated early when the chance for a good outcome or a cure is much greater", says Yeh.

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So women will know, 'Hey, I've got to look after my health. Had I not been diligent in my exams every year I might not be here writing this today.

"Although the new IL state law was just signed into legislation on August 10, 2018, we were way ahead of the curve at Advocate Health Care and have been disclosing breast density to our patients since 2014, therefore empowering them to make more informed decisions about their breast health", says Dr. Alsheik.

"It was the best gift I could have hoped for".

There are many places to get screened in the Treasure Valley. You can call St. Lukes Mobile Mammogram at 208-706-2055 for dates.

There is also a lot of information online at Breastcancer.org that can answer your questions.

"Either directly or through the experience of family and friends".

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