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In the News: Breast Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories


Breast Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories

According to U.S. breast cancer statistics, one in eight women, or over 250,000 women, will develop invasive breast cancer in 2017. Over 2,400 men are expected to be diagnosed in 2017. These startling statistics prove why breast cancer prevention and awareness is so vital. FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia recently hosted two breast cancer survivors and Dr. Maysa Abu-Khalaf, director of breast medical oncology at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, on a segment dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dolores Tordini’s breast cancer was found during her annual mammogram. She battled through chemotherapy and radiation and is proud to proclaim she is cancer free and feels great. Abraham Yemane’s stage-three breast cancer was discovered after seeing specialist when a cut on his chest did not heal. He recounts in the segment that he did not even know men could develop breast cancer.

“A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming,” Dr. Abu-Khalaf explains. “It changes your life. There’s fear and anxiety. But there are excellent treatments. We have many survivors that do wonderful. Do not panic, be aware of the risks and as soon as there is a finding, go to your doctor.”