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Renee’s Story: Complications During Breast Cancer Treatment & Reconstruction  

Leading up to Renee Young’s breast cancer diagnosis at age 49, nothing seemed amiss. She went to her yearly mammogram with no qualms that anything was wrong. But when she was called back in for a follow-up mammogram, she felt something in her gut. “I’d been called back in before, but this time, I really felt it was going to be something,” Renee said. 

Yearly Mammograms Caught Laura’s Breast Cancer Early

Laura Dallam has always been good about getting her yearly mammograms and she’s a big advocate for others getting theirs, too. She knows firsthand the importance of annual exams. She’s twice been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, and it was during her annual mammograms that the suspicious spots were found. “Yearly mammograms are important because they can catch something potentially wrong and catch it early,” she said. “It’s happened to me twice.”

Questions to Ask Your Family About Your Health History: A How-to Guide 

Talking about your family’s health history is often easier said than done. A person’s health is a sensitive subject, and some family members may be very private and quiet about their health. No one should be forced to share, but you can encourage your family member by letting them know how this information can help you make informed decisions about your care and that their health history may also impact you. 

Breast Cancer Breakthroughs Episode 7: Bringing Treatments to Life 

One of the greatest challenges today in treating breast cancer is that tumor cells can evolve and change over time and become resistant to treatment. This treatment resistance is caused by mutations, or changes to the blueprint of a tumor cell’s DNA that allow it to adapt and survive. As a result, a treatment that was working well for a patient suddenly becomes ineffective.