Breast cancer awareness

KIMT News 3-  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in our country.

Robin Anderson of Mason City said it’s important for women to know their health status and be vigilant about having their mammograms and checking themselves too.

“I’m living proof that you can get breast cancer two times with no genetics and no risk factors,” said Anderson. “This is just bad luck that now I have been diagnosed with cancer for the second time.”

Anderson said the first time she was diagnosed with breast cancer was after a mammogram, doctors noticed something irregular. She said the second time, she noticed a lump in an unusual spot, and went to the doctors to have it checked.

“The lump is actually in my armpit, not in my breast or chest wall,” said Anderson. “I had no idea you could get breast cancer in your arm pit.”

Linda Webner of Garner said she faced cancer twice too. Webner was diagnosed with leukemia once and the other time was breast cancer. She said during the mammogram, doctors noticed something was different and decided to do a biopsy. “I had lots of calcification in my breast and that’s where the cancer was located and because of that, that’s another reason why I decided to do the double mastectomy rather than running the risk of having it reappear.”

Webner said she’s a number of years out from both cancers. Webner is part of the Iowa State Leadership Council for the American Cancer Society and works to raise awareness.

“One of the things you need to do is be aware of your own body. If you see changes, you need to be questioning them,” said Webner. “If its a significant change, you need to consult with your physician and see what’s going on.”

Webner said everyone needs to be concerned about breast cancer. “It isn’t just women that face breast cancer, men do too. So they also need to do the same kind of things.”


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