Breast Cancer Awareness: "A self-exam could save your life"

Breast Cancer Awareness: "A self-exam could save your life"

During Breast Cancer Awareness month, doctors are stressing the importance of self-exams. Michelle Kingston spoke with a woman who knows firsthand how critical those monthly exams can be.
During Breast Cancer Awareness month, doctors are stressing the importance of self-exams. Michelle Kingston spoke with a woman who knows firsthand how critical those monthly  exams can be.

"It's not hard. It's not hard at all," 34-year-old Amanda Terry, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment, said. "It takes three to five minutes and it can really, really save your life."

Terry is talking about self examinations -- a simple check that women are recommended to do monthly -- a check she did that helped her discover a lump in her breast.

"I called my doctor the next morning, set me up for a mammogram and ultrasound," she said. "During the ultrasound the technician found a lymph node that they didn't like the look of, biopsied both of them that day and then two days later, i got the phone call."

Amanda was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. She had her first round of chemotherapy three weeks ago and has another round later this week.

She says the hardest part was losing her hair.

"Because there is no pain involved," she said. "There was nothing. It is pure 100-percent emotion when you sit down in that chair and you see it coming off."

But she says it's all worth it -- if she can help save the lives of other women.

"If one woman watches this and goes and she checks herself and knows she's good or knows she needs to call her doctor, then I've done my job," she said.

For Amanda, knowing what to feel for was key in her early detection.

"It doesn't take you that long," she said again. "Three to five minutes out of your life once or twice a month will really make a world of difference in anything else. Because the time it took for me to stop my life because i had this, to go to doctors appointments, to go to x-rays and scans and surgery and chemo treatments and that time -- I'm never going to get back. Those three to five minutes, you're not even going to miss."

Amanda can't encourage women enough to perform self-examinations at least once a month.
Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus