Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Breast cancer awareness drive

Breast cancer awareness drive

That's why I'm so passionate about the Wear It Pink Day every year.

"Instead of being a victim I said 'gosh, I'm so happy.' Wow, some people don't even know and I knew and I could make a choice", she said.

Like Jolie, Melissa Mally found out she had a BRCA1 gene mutation when she was just 25 years old. Active in several other efforts to raise awareness about breast cancer and to help fund research and treatment efforts, Thompson said this project is more personal.

"I remember thinking this was unusual, why is he calling me at 9:30 on a Thursday night - and he told me I have cancer", she said. Although breast cancer is much less common in men than in women, it's crucial that any man who notices a lump in the region of his breast remembers that they can get breast cancer too, and they should not ignore it. She went through six rounds of chemo, a double mastectomy, and reconstruction.

Marilyn says since treatment, the disease hasn't progressed, and she only experiences tiredness and fatigue. "It was 11 years ago. It was pre-Angelina Jolie, it was pre-every celebrity coming out and talking about it".

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Some of the women from the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon areas who attended the latest health and wellbeing workshop organised by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust for women with a family history of breast cancer. If you feel something, do something."Dr. Jane Lowe Meisel, a medical oncologist and breast cancer expert at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, has spent some time talking about these issues with her patients".

"My faith, my family, love for my grandkids - I want to see them grow up", Marilyn says while getting choked up, "So, I'm going to fight as long as I can". "Know your history. Get tested".

A photo exhibition on the Pink Yoga Warrior will send the message: "Listen to your body, your breath and your health, especially your breast health before any abnormal changes occur". She is now the president of the organization FORCE, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.

"I am really proud to be working for an organization, they work on a really small budget, but they are so powerful and so impactful", she said. "What is the plan?" she wanted to know. She now owns that advertising firm Brogan and Partners and appreciates her time with her husband and three children. Growing awareness regarding breast cancer among the adult population and availability of sophisticated technologically and advanced treatment options are factors propelling the market in these regions.

She said it lacked compassion, so at her place of work she said she asked if only she could be in the room when patients re-entered consciousness.

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