Ask Dr. Renee: Please Save The TaTas

 

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Ask Dr. Renee: Please Save The TaTas

Please Save The TaTas

It is hard to go anywhere and not see a pink ribbon; it must be Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a doctor, I of course believe that breast health is very important especially because it is the second leading cause of cancer death in our community. In recent years breast cancer is being diagnosed in women under 30 and with no family history. I want to tell you the story of a friend of mine who fought the breast cancer fight and tried to make a difference for others because it was too late for her.

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Kim’s Story

My friend Kim and I went to medical school together we kept in touch via email and Facebook in recent years. When Kim was 10 years old she had been diagnosed with a Wilm’s tumor in her kidney she fought it and survived. 20 years later she felt a lump in her breast. She told her doctor and the insurance company refused to pay for the specialized testing that her physician needed to make her diagnosis. This delayed diagnosis for a period of time. Unfortunately, African American women are being diagnosed at younger ages with a very aggressive breast cancer. So time is very important to catch the cancer before it spreads. I wish this story had a happy ending, but my friend ended up with cancer in several organs and she lost her fight earlier this year. Kim fought a very hard fight, she was originally diagnosed in 2008 and she fought long and hard.

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This article was originally posted on BlackandMarriedwithKids.com

5 Tips to Save The Tatas

Please check out my article on Goodenoughmother.com about 5 Tips to PREVENT BREAST CANCER.

Please read my article on MadameNoire about Breast Cancer