By: Caitlin Hunt
Posted: October 4, 2010 12:00 PM
Columbia's mayor hosted the 11th Annual Mayor's Breakfast Against Breast Cancer last Friday to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Barbara Harper-Tucker is a five year survivor of Breast Cancer who attended the event.
"I'm here to support the women who are breast cancer survivors today. I am a five year survivor of breast cancer. I was diagnosed in 2005. I had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation", said Harper- Tucker.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation, estimates that each year 200,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease.
"What we're finding out today is that a lot of women are choosing to have a mastectomy, meaning that they would be a candidate for a lumpectomy, but they want to have that breast removed," said Palmetto Health Nurse Tiffany Winslow.
Carla Martin says the procedure gave her a second chance at life.
"I had my surgery in February, the procedure was a complete mastectomy," said Martin. "One thing that I was real lucky with was that it was the first stage of cancer. I went back to my six month check up and everything was good."
Records of 57,000 women at the University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center show that 1 out of 4 women survived Breast Cancer in the 1940s to 1950s. Today, three out of four women are expected to survive the disease.