FAMILY FOCUS: Early breast cancer detection

By: Darcy Thomas

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 One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives - but early detection and treatment is key to beating the disease.

Events like the Susan G. Komen race for a cure help raise awareness.

It's exactly why a Memphis woman has moved from walking for others to now walking for herself. 

As she was sitting in her living room, wearing hear now signature pink, Leslie Daniel reflects on a phone call she received last November.

"The nurse, Terri called and said Hi Ms. Daniel I'm calling to tell you, you have breast cancer," says Daniel.                

She like many women felt consumed with fear, especially having buried her own mother just six months before. She tells FOX13 she was never consistent in checking her own breast, but even after she felt something a few days earlier, she just didn't think anything of it.

"I was doing a self- examination and I found a lump on my right side and so I didn't think anything of it because I have fibrocystic dense breast," according to Daniel.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show white women are slightly more likely to get breast cancer, but African American women are more likely to die from the disease.

Doctors say self-examination and yearly mammogram screenings are the key to early detection.

Daniel's breast cancer was caught early, so after walking in the Race for the Cure in the past for family, this year she will pound the pavement for her own survival.

"I am cancer free, I had surgery my first surgery in January, my second surgery reconstruction in May so I am cancer free," says Daniel.

She tells FOX13 when a woman learns she has cancer, what often feels like a death sentence, is a chance for women to find their own inner strength. Experts say 3 million U-S women are living with breast cancer. which makes early detection and as Daniel says, "Keep the faith, keep the faith." 

Two good reasons to believe surviving from breast cancer is often always possible.

The Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Memphis-Midsouth is this Saturday at Auto zone Park.

You can still register to participate by clicking HERE

Family Focus airs every Friday at 5 p.m. on FOX13 News.

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