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I sat down with breast cancer survivor and manager of the Breast Cancer Foundation, Betty Hanley Lee, to think beyond the pink and get some insight on how we can be more "breast aware". Many have one that is larger than the other. "I just feel so honored that he would even think of me, even though I'm his neighbor, to do a tribute vehicle to what I've gone through". According to Betty, self-examinations are the easiest while having a shower using a soapy hand to feel for any unwanted lumps. It also decreases over diagnosis of breast cancer.

Women with a family history, genetic tendency or certain other factors should, in addition to a mammogram, be screened with MRI.

To mark this year's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF), in collaboration with the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), organised the fourth consecutive annual "Pink Walk" breast cancer awareness event at Aspire Park, sponsored by Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co.

Why is breast screening important?

So you've found an abnormality: now what? If you are eligible for screening in the OBSP, you can book your appointment at an OBSP location through your doctor or on your own.

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You will be given another appointment for a couple of weeks later to get the results. Be aware of changes, and if you find something, do not be afraid to get it checked, she said. If you are at higher risk of breast cancer, there are different screening guidelines for you. Betty advises fighters to remain positive and trust their doctors.

Ten to 20 percent of breast cancers are triple negative, meaning they don't have receptors sensitive to estrogen, progesterone and lack the protein called HER2 which is the target of treatment.

Michelle Arias, a senior here at Kean, said, "I came out to support my grandmother, who I'm glad to say was able to [win] her battle with breast cancer". While the intensity of treatment kept her from returning to teaching full time, she volunteers several days a week to help developmentally disabled children. After writing her first article on the subject and finding her voice, she was encouraged by the Director of St Philip's Hospital, Dr Frank Portelli, to set up a one-stop advice centre at the hospital and has never looked back. From 2011 to 2017, more than 4,000 patients with breast cancer were given free cancer drugs under the program.

In 1997, Congress authorized the issuance of the first semipostal stamp for the specific objective of raising money from the American public to assist in finding a cure for breast cancer.

Fast forward five years and I can still say without a doubt that the whole ordeal was one of the scariest moments of my life, and I have not taken my health for granted ever since.

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