Hair Styling for a Cure

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Columbia,SC (WLTX)-- Three hair stylists in a Columbia salon have a very unique connection. 

Each has battled breast cancer and each uses their styling chair as a way to spread the message that early detection is the key to saving lives.

We introduced you to them last month. 

Elizabeth Skenes, Carol Ann Porter, Jane Mills and Betty Miner are all survivors. 

Twenty-three years ago, Skenes learned she had breast cancer.  Since that time, she's also had to hear that diagnosis for her daughter and had a scare with her granddaughter.

Her sister, Miner, was diagnosed 6 years ago and opted for a double mastectomy.

Betty's outlook on life is a lot like her approach to styling hair: she blows through the kinks, keeps things simple, and makes an impression.

Miner is passionate when she says, "If you can live through the big C and keep your positive attitude you can make it."

Cancer in her family unfortunately is just as genetic as hair color, "The youngest one in our family to have cancer was twelve."

"There's 5 girls and 1 boy in our family and three of us have had breast cancer.  Everyone of my aunts on my father's side had breast cancer.  I never had a knot I never had a lump I didnt already know about."

What she did have six years ago was a plan on how to deal with the diagnosis of breast cancer after watching her sister and niece battle the disease.

Betty Miner has been a lot of things in her life; from a truck driver to a grandmother of nine, and now most importantly a survivor.

"I strongly encourage all my women to make sure they do their breast exams to make sure they get their test done."

"Women have to be responsible for their own bodies", Miner says.

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