Early Detection Saves Breast Cancer Patient

4:47 PM, Feb 25, 2011   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Doctors say that early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer, and Carol Ehreth knows that for a fact.

She's a breast cancer survivor who has a family history of the disease.  Because of that, she's always been diligent about her mammograms. But less than three years ago, during a routine exam, her radiologist at the Breast Center at Baptist Hospital saw something that just didn't look right.

It wasn't a mass, so Ehreth would never have been able to find it on her own.

"My gynecologist said that if she hadn't pushed this, it could have gone two years before there was a mass," Ehreth says.  She said the cancer was "peppered" throughout her breast. 

She opted to have a bilateral mastectomy and also went through the genetic testing to make sure that her three daughters had the information they needed to make good decisions about their long term health.  Doctors did not have to treat Ehreth with radiation or chemotherapy because the cancer was found so early.

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