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If we're going to end deaths from breast cancer, we need to be able talk about it on many levels. By sharing breast cancer stories, we can help each other. Cancer affects us all in different ways. By sharing our experiences, we can help others to cope with what they're going through.
Mark and Laura have been kind enough to share their story.
ANNI'S BREAST CANCER STORY
Anni was a wife, a mother and an inspiration. Knowing how painful it is to lose someone you love to breast cancer, Mark and Laura wanted to share Anni's story. Their hope is that it will encourage more women to check themselves and promote early detection.
The more lives that are saved with early detection, the fewer families that will experience the pain of losing somebody they love.
"As someone who has watched the person I loved more than any other finally succumb to this terrible disease, I know how important research has been in providing hope and choices to those with breast cancer." - Mark, wife diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000
Every adult should be breast aware. Breast awareness is being familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts, so that you can identify any unusual changes (such as a new lump).
Take the time to ‘get to know’ how your breasts normally look and feel through normal regular activities (such as showering, getting dressed, using body lotion or looking in the mirror). Early detection gives the best possible chance of survival if you are diagnosed with breast cancer. If you notice any changes in your breasts, see your doctor without delay, so that the changes can be checked by a health professional.
You don’t need to use a special technique, but ensure you look at and feel your breasts regularly. Make sure this includes all parts of your breast, your armpit and up to your collarbone.
Men can get breast cancer too. If you notice any new and unusual changes in your breasts it is important to see your doctor without delay, so that the changes can be checked by a health professional.
WHY MARK AND LAURA
WANTED TO SHARE ANNI'S
BREAST CANCER STORY
"The thought of people going through
what we've been through really hurts "
For Mark and Laura, it hasn't been easy to share their breast cancer story. But, they are motivated by their hurt and loss to try and a make a difference wherever possible. And if just one person goes to see their doctor because of their video, it will all be worthwhile.
Mark believes that early detection would have saved Anni's life.