Woman remembers sister who had breast cancer
Jun 5, 2011
Amy Parker of Murrieta, California, thinks often about her sister Kara and the relationship that they had with each other, according to a recent report from San Diego 6. Kara passed away of breast cancer and is a reminder for Amy to do what she can in order to fight the disease in her own life.
"We start to become concerned when it's a first degree relative which means a mother or sister has the disease," Dr. Mark Sherman, a general surgeon, told the news source.
Amy, a breast cancer survivor now, has opted to have a double mastectomy, a decision she says is based on her experience with Kara as well as the likelihood of cutting out all of the cancer.
Each year, millions of women join together to fight breast cancer through various events, races and fundraising efforts. More than 200,000 women are diagnosed each year in the U.S. with the disease, which is the second most common form of cancer after skin cancer. More than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors live in the U.S., according to BreastCancer.org.