New Zealand woman uses the internet to reach out to fellow breast cancer victims
Jul 26, 2011
People pursue many ways of acting on behalf of a charitable cause. One New Zealand woman has taken to the internet to provide support for her fellow victims of breast cancer.
Three years ago, Jenny Williams of Auckland received her breast cancer news at the age of 45, the Manukau Courier reports. Williams has a husband and three children, one of whom has special needs.
Despite her apparent dire situation, Williams told the source, "We don't know how much longer I've got. But I can't just sit around being a cancer patient."
Well aware that many women go online after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Williams decided to create a series of web videos. In these videos, she describes her own experiences and encourages women to actively monitor any changes they experience in their breasts.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women between 20 and 30 years old should have a clinical breast exam every three years or less. As risk increases with age, women over the age of 40 should have a breast exam and mammogram each year. Women with a high risk of developing breast cancer should also receive an MRI scan every year.