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Breast cancer survivor encourages women to be diligent about doctor's checks

Despite the fact that breast cancer kills nearly 40,000 people in the United States each year, there are a number of survival stories from which victims of the affliction can take inspiration.

In 2006, Delores Barton of Tehachapi, California, was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer- she was unwavering in her annual mammograms, Tehachapi News reports.

Barton told the source, "The doctor said they needed to perform another mammogram, and then he asked again. By the end of December, the doctor told me there was a lump smaller than a nail behind my left breast."

In breast cancer survivors and support news, Barton underwent surgery in February and had the tumor removed entirely. She didn't need chemotherapy, but she did have radiation treatment for six weeks straight.

Barton's message to other women who read her story in the paper: "You need to be checked! If you want to live a good life, then get yourself checked!"

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women after skin cancer. It's also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following lung cancer.
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