I can't believe that it has been 5 1/2 years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It seems like only yesterday. I am forever grateful that my cancer was diagnosed at a very early stage by automated whole breast ultrasound. This technology was developed to detect breast cancer (that may be difficult to identify) in women with dense breast tissue. So glad that I volunteered to be a "test" patient when we were first learning to use this technology.
Not a day goes by that I am not humbled by the limitations that we face in diagnosing breast cancer in our patients. It truly does take everyone acting together to diagnose and treat this disease-women and their primary care health care providers who recognise a lump or other symptom, breast imaging radiologists and our dedicated staff, pathologists, breast surgeons, and of course our medical and radiation oncologists.
I live each day without fear but with respect for this disease that sometime behaves unpredictably and returns in those that we felt had dodged a bullet.
I am thankful for the work that Komen continues to do in our community-providing education so that more women know about screening, providing funds for the detection and diagnosis and offering navigation for those wading through a new breast cancer diagnosis.
Lastly I am thankful for the research that Komen funds nationally, helping understand how this disease operates in different women and working towards a cure.
Please consider registering for the race or making a donation to me as i join with our staff on the MANA Breast Center team.
Thank you ahead of time for you consideration. See you at the Race!
Danna F. Grear, MD
The Breast Center of Northwest Arkansas, A MANA Clinic
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