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SALUTE TO SURVIVORS: A routine yearly exam saved Whitesboro woman’s life

Posted 10/15/22

Leslie Leone of Whitesboro credits her routine yearly exam for saving her life.

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SALUTE TO SURVIVORS: A routine yearly exam saved Whitesboro woman’s life

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WHITESBORO — Leslie Leone of Whitesboro credits her routine yearly exam for saving her life. At that appointment, two weeks after a mammogram showed no signs of cancer, her gynecologist found a lump.

When were you diagnosed, what age and what stage?

I was diagnosed in 2008, at the age of 45. I actually had a mammogram that year, but my cancer did not show up. Two weeks later, I had a routine yearly exam with my gynecologist, and he found a lump and immediately sent me for a biopsy. The biopsy was positive for stage 2 invasive lobular breast cancer.

What was your treatment process?

I chose to seek treatment at the Strong Memorial Breast Cancer Center in Rochester. I was told that I needed to remove my right breast but since there was a chance my diagnosis could mirror my left breast, I chose to have a double mastectomy followed by four rounds of chemo and 30 radiation treatments, which were done locally at Faxton, and finally breast reconstruction in Rochester.

What message would you like to provide to others in the community?

I could have not gotten though all this treatment without my family and friends who were so supportive. I kept a smile on my face and a positive attitude through it all. I was so lucky to have found the cancer early! My best advice would be to never skip yearly routine exams … it saved my life!

Are you a breast cancer survivor, or do you know someone who is? As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Daily Sentinel is saluting survivors in this daily feature throughout October. To be featured, email Pam Sperbeck at PSperbeck@RNYmedia.

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