"Living Longer -- Breast Cancer Breakthroughs" is a book about survivors
Jun 9, 2011
A professor of medicine at Brown University has self-published a new book dedicated to sharing stories about breast cancer, according to The Providence Journal.
Dr. Sattar Memon is associate professor of medicine at Brown and he has published a book titled "Living Longer -- Breast Cancer Breakthroughs". The book features stories about breast cancer patients and is fictional but based on real events.
When Memon became a doctor, he considered the different areas of oncology that he could work in and decided on breast cancer.
"When contemplating what area of oncology to work in, I chose breast cancer because at the time, so many things were happening in the field. New treatments and new screening tools. It was all very exciting," said Memon.
In the U.S., more than 200,000 women are newly diagnosed each year with breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Not having a history of breast cancer in one's family does not mean that one is not susceptible to the disease. Instead, women of all ages should perform regular self-breast exams to check for lumps and women over 40 should receive yearly mammograms, suggests the ACS.