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SALUTE TO SURVIVORS: Early detection saved Frankfort woman’s life

Posted 10/5/22

Joan Burress of Frankfort was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. She would like to remind others that you are not alone in your fight.

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SALUTE TO SURVIVORS: Early detection saved Frankfort woman’s life

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Joan Burress of Frankfort was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. She would like to remind others that you are not alone in your fight.

When were you diagnosed, and what stage?

I was diagnosed in 2018 with stage 2C triple negative bilateral invasive carcinoma at the age of 52.  

How was the cancer initially detected?

I experienced soreness under my right breast and found a lump. I called my gynecologist and she immediately ordered a mammogram and biopsy. Within two days, I was informed that the test results were positive for cancer.  

What was your treatment process?

The cancer was extremely aggressive; therefore, my treatment consisted of a bilateral mastectomy, immediate reconstruction and chemotherapy with Taxotere and Cytoxan.  

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

Early detection saved my life. Never dismiss anything abnormal and notify your doctor immediately.

Remember, you’re not going through this alone. Lean on your friends and family that love and support you. The fight isn’t easy, never give up! You have so much to look forward to, so stay strong and be brave. You will get through this, and when you are done, you can celebrate with those that supported you.  

Are you a breast cancer survivor, or do you know of someone that is? As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is the first in a series of Salutes to Survivors that the Sentinel will feature Tuesdays through Saturdays throughout October. To be featured, email Pam Sperbeck at PSperbeck@RNYmedia.com.

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