Recent Breast Cancer Survivors In The News
It has been estimated there will be 207,090 new cases of breast cancer in women and 1,970 in men in this year alone. It is surprising to some that men can acquire this form of cancer as well. Breast cancer can be non-invasive, meaning it is contained in one area, or it can be invasive, suggesting it has spread to other areas of the the breast and lymph nodes.
Role Model Survivors of Breast Cancer
There have been many 2010 cancer survivors in the news that have shared their story of bravery and determination. These people become role models for us as they show the true definition of what it means to be a fighter and perseverer. One such person that has become a cancer survivor role model for many is Saranne Rothberg, founder of The CommedyCures Foundation. This program conveys a therapeutic approach in helping sick people recover. Mrs. Rothberg was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer in 1999 with a prognosis of only five years to live. For the benefit of her daughter, who was only six years old at the time of her diagnosis, she decided to make this a positive experience and not focus on the bad. From the very beginning, she turned her "scary" treatments into something fun, even going as far as throwing chemo parties during some of her treatments. This sparked the idea of creating a charity that would deliver laughter and humor to sick individuals. The CommedyCures Foundation helps people laugh at one of the scarriest times of their lives. It also assists in educating patients and families about the importance of the healing power of laughter and how it can aid in recovery. Saranne Rothberg is now cancer free and makes it her life mission to carry this message to others and provide "laughter medicine" to those who need it.
The Support-A-Walk Organization is a support service group that offers guidance to women and their families who have had breast or ovarian cancer. This year they have selected three ambassadors to represent the Support-A-Walk organization, which are Pam Tole, breast cancer survivor, Laura Kaplan, breast cancer survivor, and Debra Paget, ovarian cancer survivor. Each of these women came through their battles with fight, determination and will, becoming a role model to others fighting this disease. These woman have shown true bravery in the face of this disease and set an example for others to strive for in their own road to recovery.
Sheryl Crow is one of many celebrities of 2010 cancer survivors in the news. She became a role model for cancer survivors when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 during a routine mammogram. She was recently honored at the opening of the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center. This center provides the most advanced technology available for women to detect breast cancer. This center is furnished with digital screening that is believed to be the best at early detection. Sheryl is also associated with the Pink Lotus Breast Center, which was established by her surgeon, Dr. Kristi Funk.
Cancer does not discriminate and can affect anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Early detection is key to a better prognosis with any type of cancer. It is important to know your body so that you will be able to detect when something is amiss. See your doctor regularly and be good to yourself and have a mammogram done yearly.