Self exams, early detection, better treatment options, and a more knowledgeable public have increased the survival rate of the second most common cancer in American women: breast cancer. There are over 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today including Barb Hoyt of Minden.
Hoyt was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer last October. During a self exam she felt something high on her left breast which she mentioned to her doctor.
“I could feel something, but it was really high,” Hoyt said.
Placement of the anomaly meant it might not have shown up in a regular mammogram. By conducting regular self-exams and being open with her health care provider about what she detected, Hoyt’s cancer was found and treated quickly.
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