Breast Cancer Survivor's Story

Linnea Roberts had her annual mammogram in Nov. ’08 and all came back clear. Just a few months later, in February ’09, she came home from a birthday dinner with her husband and noticed a lump on her breast. She went in for a second mammogram and an ultrasound exam; the lump was detected and a biopsy showed cancer. Linnea had a mastectomy in April and is just finishing up her chemotherapy treatment. The message Linnea would like all women to get from her story is: know your breasts! Become familiar and comfortable with how they should feel, look and monthly changes. Linnea knew that her breast had a lot of fibrous tissue - she had “lumpy” breasts. By knowing this, she also knew that the particular lump she had felt was not normal and sought medical attention.

For more information on self-exams, getting mammograms as well as financial assistance , if necessary, please go to the Cancer Services page of Providence Health and Services by clicking here.

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