Green Bay (WFRV) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This year it is estimated that nearly 250-thousand women will be diagnosed with breast cancer~ more than 40-thousand will die from the disease.
45-percent of breast cancer is discovered by the patient themselves. So if you notice something~ go to the doctor- it could save your life.
Tina Carlson is getting ready for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, “Just for the support, just to let a lot more people know there is a lot more positive out there than all the negativity,” said Tina Carlson, breast cancer survivor.
Tina is a breast cancer survivor. In 2014, she noticed a difference in her left breast, “When I was getting dressed I noticed my skin was pulling a little pucker on the side and I know I was feeling a lump in there,” said Tina.
Tina went to Aurora BayCare Medical Center’s Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic or MDCC and met with Dr. William Owens, the medical director of breast health. Tina had stage three breast cancer.
“It was a fairly sizable tumor it was involving her lymph nodes,” William Owens, MD, medical director of breast health. Tina had stage three breast cancer.
Tina thought the worst “I thought I was going to die because both of my parents died of colon cancer.”
The MDCC has a whole team of specialists working on a case together, “The Multidisciplinary brings together multiple disciplines the medical oncologist, the surgeon, the radiation oncologist to discuss each individual case to provide a plan of action for that patient,” explained Dr. Owens.
It’s one appointment with her team of doctors, “The patient gets to see all these doctors in one afternoon,” said Dr. Owens.
Tina liked the team approach, “And they tell you exactly what they’re going to do, what they recommend. It was great,” said Tina.
Tina’s plan included chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and mastectomy, radiation and breast reconstruction. After two years her prognosis is good, “I still think its very excellent,” said Dr. Owens.
Dr. Owens says more woman are discovering breast cancer sooner because of events like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, “We definitely see an uptick in the number of berate cancers that we see in the month of October because more women are made aware- oh yeah that’s right I should be coming in for this,” explained Dr. Owens.
Like Tina who is now stepping into her future with a great attitude, “I’m going on a cruise for my 50th birthday with my new body because I beat breast cancer. It was my gift to me,” Tina said happily.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center sponsors the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk .
The walk is October 1st at Lambeau Field.