October 26, 2021

Breast cancer awareness: A community effort

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, if you have not scheduled your mammogram, please do so and invite a friend!

Breast cancer symptoms can be different in individual patients and some patients may not have any symptoms at all.  

Suzanne Fontaine, executive director of Susan G. Komen Missouri (right), talks with breast cancer survivor Joslyn Jones. Courtesy of UPI Photo by Bill Greenblatt

Some situations in medicine are hard to erase from your memory. It is as if the encounter occurred yesterday. Those instances for me are generally those patients I have diagnosed with cancer or lost to cancer, particularly breast cancer. I can still see their faces and remember our conversations. These types of memories are difficult to release from your mind and heart.

Therefore, I honor them by doing my best to educate others about breast cancer.  After skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the US. Each year, about 42,000 women and 500 men die of breast cancer. However, the death rate of black women is higher than that of white women.

Breast cancer symptoms can be different in individual patients and some patients may not have any symptoms at all.  

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