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Cancer survivors gather to share inspirational stories

At the recent Survivors' Dinner hosted by the American Cancer Society, cancer survivors gathered to share their individual stories of strength and inspiration, according to the Lufkin Daily News.

One woman, Jean Hamilton, was diagnosed with cancer three times and lost her husband to cancer as well. However, Hamilton - who was first diagnosed with a breast tumor in 1999 - is determined not to let cancer, in any form, stop her.

"I’m not going to sit around and have a pity party. It may come back in another place, but in the meantime I’m going to have a good time," Hamilton told the crowd of other survivors. She also credited her life as a survivor to a mammogram that first caught the breast cancer.

"The key to my survivorship is early detection. If we do early detection, a lot of us can still be here. It’s not hard to do what the doctor says," said Hamilton, according to the news source.

All women over the age of 40 should receive annual mammograms. Younger women are also not immune to breast cancer and should frequently perform self-breast exams. About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
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