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Columbia Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Mayor Steve Benjamin at the 11th Annual Mayor's Breakfast Against Breast Cancer. Mayor Steve Benjamin at the 11th Annual Mayor's Breakfast Against Breast Cancer.

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.

 

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