It's a deadly disease, but thanks to medical advances, it's now much easier to beat breast cancer.
Dr. Linda Lawrence, the Medical Director of McLaren's Imaging Center says, "If we catch it at it's very earliest stage it's potentially 100 percent curable."
Dr. Lawrence is the person who sometimes has to tell patients they have the dreaded c-word: cancer. It can kill, but with the latest medical advances at McLaren's Imaging Center, patients have a better chance to beat cancer.
Kristin Chevrette, the Oncology Nurse Navigator at McLaren explains, "It just provides them with the additional hope, in knowing that they're so many survivors out there."
The emotional state of a cancer patient is something Chevrette is focused on. She's the person at McLaren who makes sure patients are paired with support groups that can help them in their fight.
Dr. Lawrence stresses to beat this cancer, women need be screened. Anyone over 40 must get an annual mammogram, and women over 25, must be doing self-breast exams.
Dr. Lawrence says catching it early makes all the difference, "We still see a fair amount of denial that patients don't want to know, they don't come in."
Although it's never news any doctor wants to deliver, Dr. Lawrence says it's rewarding to know this is one we can fight together, "It's very satisfying and gratifying to know that we really have made a difference in somebody's life and the life of their loved ones."