October is breast cancer awareness month and one Waco woman shares her story of struggle and victory with Fox 44.
Carol Campbell had her mammogram in May after her primary physician suggested and in July she had her cancerous tumor removed from her right breast.
Just last week, she finished her radiation at Providence Breast Health Center where she was also originally diagnosed.
Campbell says she had no symptoms of cancer and credits early detection by a 3D screening offered at Providence Breast Health Center.
Dr. Prince says the advanced technology allowed doctors to remove only the tumor, rather the whole breast.
Also thanks to advanced technology offered at the medical center, Campbell’s treatment caused less trauma on her body.
She is reminding her three daughters not to forget getting regular mammograms.
And even though Campbell is cancer free, she has to continue her medical treatment in form of a pill and bone infusions.
She says her faith is what keeps her going.
“I felt like God was gonna take care of me and you know whatever the outcome, so be it.”
Her radiologist Dr. Erin Prince says, “One in eight women will be diagnosed in their lifetime with breast cancer so anybody, any woman has an average lifetime risk of 12 percent.”
Campbell says about her family, “I have a wonderful family and they’ve been very encouraging and with me all the way. and that was wonderful. They were positive.”
Her doctor recommends annual screenings for women of age 40 and above.
But if there is a family history of breast cancer, then that age bracket starts earlier.
And the doctor says men can also get breast cancer.
“It is considered kind of an embarrassing subject, they don’t want to bring it to the attention to their medical provider so sometimes by the time we see them, the mass is quiet large.”
Providence is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S and the world’s largest Catholic health system.