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Breast cancer survivor now pushes importance of early detection

Diane Martin had always put off mammograms well into her late 40s because she believed she was healthy and active, making it impossible for her to have breast cancer, the Calgary Herald reports.

Martin was floored after her doctor had finally convinced her to have one done - and the ultrasound revealed she had stage 3 breast cancer.

"When she said the two words 'breast cancer,' I lost my breath. I didn't hear much of anything else she said after that," Martin told the news outlet after hearing the news of her diagnosis back in 2000.

Martin underwent a lumpectomy, six weeks of chemotherapy and one month of radiation to tackle her cancer and during that time, she realized she wanted to give back if she beat the disease, according to the news outlet.

Since receiving a bill of good health in 2007, Martin is now the co-director of the CIBC Run for the Cure, which boasted 5,300 runners last year and raised $1.7 million towards finding a cure.

"When you go you have to just stop and look around. It's a sea of pink," Martin told the news source. "And everyone is there to support each other."

According to Cancer.org, early detection through mammograms can mean the difference between life and death. 
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