IN LOVING MEMORY OF NANA RATH
My mother's mother, Amelia Rath, got breast cancer when she was 79. In those days, chemo was not available. Only surgery and some radiation which often burned patients and killed them instead of healing them. (Since then the science of eradiation has been made better by smaller doses but it still has a profound effect on the recipient.) Not all cancers are going to be cured. Some will pass on.
Fortunately, women today have many more ways to detect cancer early and get it treated and cured. The death rate from breast cancer has decreased 55% since my Nana died at age 83.
I am considered "high risk", having a maternal relative who died from this disease. This is why I get mammograms and exams every year.
Not everyone will be told to do this. But medical history of your birth family is extremely important. Please look into your mother's side of the family. Find out what your grandmother and great--grandmother passed from, if you can.
The more the risk you are in, the more important the tests are. Thanks, JJ
** The above applies to ALL cancers! Have those exams!