Cancer victim, Rebecca Haro was diagnosed with Stage Four Breast Cancer which has a diminished survival rate beyond 5 years. Despite this terrible diagnosis, Rebecca is determined to use it to help prevent others from having the same thing happen. Rebecca has become a lobbyist promoting early detection awareness. Early detection will help others discover the cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body and will increase survival rates.
Survivor Helps Other Breast Cancer Victims
Stage IV cancer is described as cancer that moves from the initial starting point into other parts of the body. Stage IV breast cancer often spreads into the nearby lymph nodes or other parts of the lymph system. It can also spread to other organs such as the lungs, skin, bones or the brain. Stage IV cancer is much more difficult to treat because the cancer has had an opportunity to spread out and to seed other areas of the body with cancer cells. It is much easier to rid the body of cancer when it is contained to a solitary area.
Cancer professionals will often use the words “advanced” and “metastatic” to describe Stage IV breast cancer. Cancer can be diagnosed at any level depending upon how long the disease has been present in the body and the symptoms exhibited. That is why it is so important to catch it with early detection methods so that the prognosis for cure and survival is greatly enhanced. In an effort to impact as many women as possible,Rebecca is studying to become a community health worker and volunteers at a local Cancer Resource Center. At the center, Rebecca promotes self exams, clinical exams and mammography.
Rebecca has started a support group to impact younger Hispanic women. The younger women often do not understand the mortality rates and are unlikely to speak frankly about health concerns. Rebecca is a believer in miracles and hopes her efforts will increase the survival rates of diagnosed cases of breast cancer because of early detection.Rebecca believes that her clean healthy lifestyle of good foods, exercise, no smoking or excessive drinking has allowed her to fight the disease.
Rebecca wants to be an example to others diagnosed with Breast Cancer by showing them that they do not need to be afraid. Rebecca intends to be right there with them to show them to not fear the disease, but to understand it and walk through it.