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Early Mammograms and Genetic Testing for the Win

Mammograms become routine beginning at age 40 for most women, but Michelle Parsons of Amarillo had a good reason to start sooner.

“I'm adopted so I didn't know a lot about my family history,” shared Parsons. “At the age of 38, I requested a baseline mammogram.”

Grandmother of Seven's Positive Attitude Can't Be Beat by Cancer

Eleanor Sitton is a wife, mother and grandmother seven times over. She keeps busy with her family and volunteering but still makes time to go to her annual mammogram appointment at BSA Harrington Breast Center. This year’s exam would change Sitton’s life forever.

Abnormal images on her mammogram exam led to a diagnosis of breast cancer on June 26.

Lifesaving Information: Which Cancer Screenings to Schedule

Sometimes making check-up appointments and getting blood drawn doesn’t feel all that important with the hustle and bustle of life. Cancer screenings get pushed to the next year or worse, are forgotten entirely. However, getting screenings is one of the most essential things both men and women can do for their health because the sooner you have all the information, the better.

Check the lists below to see which cancer screenings should be done at which time of life and when you should discuss with your physician so you can be proactive about your health.

Texas Man Diagnosed with Rectal Cancer Following Colonoscopy

In the United States, one in every 22 men will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. After a routine colonoscopy ordered by his primary care physician, Michael Smith, 56, discovered that he was the one in 22.

“My primary care doctor knew I was anemic and set up a colonoscopy at BSA,” Smith shared.

Following his colonoscopy, Smith received the news that he had a cancerous, 5-inch tumor in his rectum that was growing through his rectal wall. Smith was diagnosed with Stage 3 rectal cancer.

Lung Cancer Survivor is Thankful to be Cancer-Free

What began as chest cold symptoms, quickly turned into a diagnosis of lung cancer for Janine Mallet. Mallet, while on vacation with her husband in September of 2018, experienced severe wheezing and coughing which led her to seek treatment after returning home.

Mallett visited BSA Urgent Care Center thinking she needed an antibiotic. The physician requested that she have a chest X-Ray done.

Wife and Mother of Six has Message for Others Battling Breast Cancer

Following a standard mammogram, women typically receive a letter in the mail informing them of their normal results. Michelle Fithen, 44, found it odd when she didn’t receive the familiar notice in the mail after her mammogram in early 2018.

“I have been getting mammograms since age 40,” Fithen explained. “I was thinking I would get my letter in the mail and on March 5, 2018, they called me to come in for a more detailed mammogram at BSA Harrington Breast Center.”

A New Selfie: Chemo Patient Documents Her Cancer Journey with a Smile

Katherine “Kathy” Berry is maintaining a positive outlook in the midst of her own battle with breast cancer – and has the selfies to prove it.

The 72-year-old never imagined she would ever be receiving care at BSA Harrington Cancer Center.

“I have never considered getting cancer and I’m a retired hospice nurse,” Berry shared.

Over the years, Berry had accompanied patients to BSA Harrington Cancer Center and worked alongside its staff.

“I’m not used to receiving care.,” Berry said. “I’m used to being a caregiver.”

Early Diagnosis Brings Success for Male Breast Cancer Survivor

Breast cancer in men is rare, but can happen.

Thomas “Tom” Cole, 71, never imagined he would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Cole and his wife were traveling for a wedding when he noticed an abnormal lump on his left breast.

“I took a shower one evening and felt this lump on my breast,” Cole explained. “I told my wife that it didn’t feel right and asked her to look at it.”

Cole’s wife urged him to make an appointment with his primary care provider as soon as they returned home.

From Diagnosis to Disney: How a Positive Outlook Helped One Woman Survive Cancer

In June 2016, Pattie Archer had her routine mammogram at BSA Harrington Breast Center. Afterward, she received a call asking her to come in the next day and go over the report. She had a feeling it was cancer.

Pattie was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer and needed surgery and radiation.

Amarillo Wedding Planner Finds Vital Support During Cancer Battle

One Sunday night last July, Parie Donaldson found a lump in her breast. It had been eight years since she had gone in for a routine mammogram and she inherently knew it wasn’t good. “It was a pretty big lump and I just had a feeling immediately it could be breast cancer,” she said. “I called BSA Harrington Breast Center first thing Monday morning and they told me to come in the next morning to have it checked.”


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