Green Bay (WFRV) October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. About 1 in 8 U.S. Women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Chelly boutott tells us why it’s so important to have your yearly mammogram.
20-percent of breast cancer occurs in women in their 40’s.
Tammy Servatius doesn’t take everyday things like shopping for granted, “I’m here to enjoy the little things,” said Tammy Servatius, breast cancer survivor.
Tammy always made sure she got her yearly mammogram. But last year at age 45, “My fiancé felt something so I went to see the physician and she said lets go in for a mammogram but I was due for my annual so I thought not a big deal,” said Tammy.
But the mammogram showed a mass, “It was a very aggressive form of cancer,” said Tammy.
Tammy’s first thought was her 18 year old son Jake, “What will his life be if I’m not here in this world?,” Tammy wondered.
But Tammy’s care provider couldn’t get her an appointment for 2 weeks, “I can’t imagine how I would have been mentally waiting that length of time thinking its growing that entire time,” said Tammy.
So Tammy turned to Aurora BayCare Medical Center’s cancer care services, “Dr. Geocaris’ office they bumped some other visits and they got me in right away the same day that I was diagnosed,” said Dr. Cynthia Geocaris, breast surgeon, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
And within three days she was in surgery with breast surgeon Dr. Cynthia Geocaris, “Tammy elected to proceed with the bilateral mastectomy with breast reconstruction,” explained Dr. Geocaris.
Dr. Geocaris says getting treatment as soon as possible was important, “If the cancer spreads it has the potential to go to other organs which can be life threatening,” explained Dr. Geocaris.
Tammy was smart to get her yearly mammogram, “Mammograms are the best tool we have to detect breast cancer early,” explained Dr. Geocaris.
The symptoms of breast cancer include a lump that doesn’t move around and changes in the skin, “Where the skin looks like its retracting or pulling back, the skin can be red, it can have like an orange peel like appearance or there could be bloody discharge from the nipple,” explained Dr. Geocaris.
If you find any of these changes go and see your doctor. Tammy has one more reconstructive surgery left- and she is looking forward to her future, “I’m looking forward to seeing my son get married have children,” said Tammy.
Dr. Geocaris says it is also important that women do self breast exams every month.
The guidelines recommend that women over age 40 get a yearly mammogram- sooner if they have a family history of breast cancer.