'Brake for Breakfast' promotes breast cancer awareness

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- People packed the Wilson N. Jones Parking lot before sunrise Friday to work out, get a free breakfast, and learn about the importance of a breast cancer screening.

People packed the Wilson N. Jones Parking lot before sunrise Friday to work out, get a free breakfast, and learn about the importance of a breast cancer screening. Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center hosts the "Brake for Breakfast" event to bring awareness to breast cancer prevention.

Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center hosts the "Brake for Breakfast" event to bring awareness to breast cancer prevention.

"I need to go get my mammogram, Jil McDaniel said, "So I thought this may be a good way to remind me."

Mammographer Courtney Schneider talked about early detection being the key to breast cancer treatment. "When it is caught early breast cancer is treatable and the rates of recovery are high," she said.

Schneider said her aunt died of breast cancer because it was discovered too late for treatment.

"It's become a personal mission of mine to get information out there," Schneider said. "To try to inform as many women as we can for one, screening, finding it (the cancer) and two, treatment."

Schneider said some women put off getting a mammogram because they think it hurts. "More often than not women who come in to get their first mammogram are really nervous," she said. "But we talk them through it, we work through it together and afterward they say it wasn't as bad as they thought."

Men are less likely to get breast cancer than women. One in 8 women, according to U.S. heath statistics, will develop invasive cancer in her lifetime, while that number drops to 1 in 1,000 for men.

Health experts said you should do a self exam each month, and call your doctor if something feels abnormal.



 
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