Shellie Bailey-Shah returns to KATU

Shellie Bailey-Shah returns to KATU

PORTLAND, Ore. - KATU reporter Shellie Bailey-Shah has been sharing the story of her battle with breast cancer to raise awareness about the disease and what you can do to prevent it, and fight it. On Wednesday, she returned to work after spending several months at home.

Videos: In Shellie's Own Words

This is a very difficult time for her, as it is with anyone who is fighting the disease, but she hopes that her experience will teach others about the importance of self examinations and early detection.

"When I told my friends about my diagnosis, many of them said - you know, I don't do regular self exams," Shellie explained. "And that's the one and only reason why I decided to share this very personal struggle."

One of the most effective and easiest ways to detect breast cancer is to do a regular self exam but not enough women do it.  Here are some resources to help you get started:

OHSU Cancer Institute offers workshops on how to perform the new self breast exam for women who are at a higher risk. To schedule an appointment to learn how to perform the new self exam, contact Joan Laufer, N.P., (503) 418-8048;

General Information About Breast Cancer