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Modern Medicine: Surviving Breast Cancer

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Panama City, Fla. -

Karen Bruckschen has no family history of breast cancer, yet she was diagnosed at the age of 35.  She's now urging other women to not ignore the warning signs.

"I actually found the lump on my own through self-examination," says Bruckschen.  However, she didn't go to the doctor right away.

"I let it go for a good six months before telling my doctors about it, and I wish I wouldn't have done that," Bruckschen explains.

Dr. Glenn Summers says finding breast cancer tumors while they're small makes a huge difference in the treatment of the disease.

"People with smaller cancers are less likely to have lymph node involvement.  People with smaller cancers have more likelihood of being cured," he says.  Dr. Summers emphasizes the importance of self-examination and going to the doctor as soon as you notice something abnormal.

Bruckschen went through two lumpectomies, a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. 

She now sends this message to others, "Listen to your body.  I knew it was there, and I just ignored the warning signs too long."

Bay Medical-Sacred Heart is urging women to get their mammograms in the month of October. Anyone who does gets a free T-shirt.