Breast Cancer Survivor Gives Testimony On Importance of Mammograms - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/27/05

Breast Cancer Survivor Gives Testimony On Importance of Mammograms

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta shows us how mammograms can be life-saving.

Experts tell us one in eight women are at risk for developing breast cancer. We're told if women detect the cancer early by mammogram they double their survival rate.

Meet Paulita Martinez. Paulita's own mother was diagnosed at 62. She survived. But every year since then, Paulita made it her mission to have a mammogram. At 46, she was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Doctors tell her she's here today thanks to early detection. "I'm just glad that I did have my mammogram, because I've gone through it. I've survived probably the hardest part of it and I'm looking forward to a good future," says Paulita.

After being diagnosed, Paulita had a malignant tumor removed from her breast. She also underwent chemo and radiation treatments. Doctors tell us it is especially important for Hispanic women to be screened regularly. Studies show the number in this group who get mammograms is low, making their chances for survival lower than other women.

If you are 40 or older doctors urge that you have a mammogram every year, especially if breast cancer is in your family history.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Lubbock Cotton Kings are providing the Lubbock Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 300 tickets to their home opener this Saturday. This event is for breast cancer survivors and their families. For tickets call 698-1900.

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