Each year, breast cancer takes the lives of 40,000 women, but it doesn’t have to.
When detected early, breast cancer is one of the most treatable cancers with a 98% survival rate something local mother, Leslie Trantwein is relying on.
Trantwein went in for a routine mammogram back in June and after further testing was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“ It was a very dual response on, one hand it was like ok what do we do about this but on the other hand we knew it would change our lives a lot.” said Leslie Trantwein, a patient at Edward Hospital.
Following her diagnosis she received a mastectomy and recently started a year long course of chemotherapy and receptor treatment, because of early detection Leslie has an optimistic outlook on each day.
“ I’m finding that things are just more brilliant, moments are more precious, and things are just good.” said Trantwein.
Routine mammograms are the primary tool used for early detection, because of timely discovery they are responsible for a 30% reduction in death from the disease since 1990’s.
“That is a significant fact, that one modality can save so many lives. Its important because it allows for early detection of the earliest forms of breast cancer, and those are the types that are most treatable and will allow for a greater chance of survival as well as a greater chance of breast conservation for the patient.” said Dr. Gilvydis a radiologist at Edward Hospital.
A greater survival rate is the overall goal of the Bright Pink, a National non-profit organization that focuses on the importance of early detection. Their Chicago chapter is now reaching out to the suburbs, sponsoring social events to provide friendship during hardship.
Their director, Andrea Mazza, knows first hand how important it is to be proactive in getting checked.
“If I had not gotten that mammogram that day, at 29 years old, I get chills thinking about what that would have looked like if I had waited until 40.” said Andrea Mazza of Bright Pink.
Knowledge is power, but action saves lives.
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