TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, according to Gena Trask, women’s health clinical navigator for Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka.
Although it is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, Trask said, not having annual mammograms can increase your risk.
Thanks to a mammogram, Rebecca Arthington’s life was saved.
“I was 60, so I’m, like, on the moon,” Arthington said of her three years ago.
The Wamego resident is the definition of a strong woman: always smiling, determined, energetic and a veteran after serving 21 years in the military.
She kept that same attitude, even when she discovered something that completely changed her life, that she had triple negative breast cancer, the second rarest form of cancer, according to Arthington.
” Whore. On the other hand, I say to myself ‘Not a death sentence’. Lots and lots of people survive, ”Arthington said. “My first thought was’ Why now? Why when I’m supposed to travel, when I’m supposed to take cruises, when I’m supposed to enjoy my grandchildren. Why now?'”
After 33 weeks of having surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy at Topeka VA Medical Center, Arthington can happily say that she is a survivor.
“A few days ago I had another blood test because they’re still stalking me, I guess that’s part of the program, but three years. So far so good, ”Arthington said on Friday.
That’s because Arthington first had his life-saving annual mammogram three years ago.
“Early detection is the key to survival,” Trask said. “This mammogram puts you in the best possible position to get the treatment you need. “
Those twenty minutes spent getting the mammogram could potentially save your life.
“Time that you could have with your children, your grandchildren.” With your husband, your wife, ”Trask said. “We are talking about your life. “
Just like for Arthur’s.
“If I hadn’t had this mammogram, maybe we wouldn’t be doing this interview,” Arthington said.
All women 45 to 54 are encouraged to have annual mammograms, Trask said, and anyone 55 and older every two years.