Breast Cancer Survivor Thanks Early Detection

Breast cancer is a disease that affects one in eight women, making it a common illness. Women should be aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Doctors and cancer organizations all recommend that women use early detection methods to increase their chances of finding and beating the disease before it spreads. The sooner doctors can work on a cancerous tumor, the better chances women have of surviving.

According to CBS Raleigh affiliate WRAL, Samantha Callich not only is aware of the importance of early detection, but credits it with saving her life. The now 25-year-old breast cancer survivor was only 19 years old when she was diagnosed. Callich had been getting hormone treatments for her endometriosis, a condition where tissue from the uterus grows outside of the organ. The hormone therapy can increase the risk for developing tumors, so when Callich found lumps in one of her breasts, the doctors weren't terribly concerned. They thought the tumors would be benign.

However, Callich's tumors grew and a needle biopsy found they were cancerous. The brave teen had a lumpectomy, which removed a majority of her breast. Since then, she has had reconstructive surgery. She is cancer free and has a positive outlook on life. Callich stresses that all women should pay attention to their bodies and address any issues immediately. 

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