Twenty years ago my mother underwent mastectomy, radio- and chemotherapy as well as breast reconstruction. She is well and alive. Last year it was my turn to undergo breast surgery. But thanks to a yearly mamograph and ultrasound exam since 20 years, I got rid of the tumour at the very early stage. My tumour could not be palpated. Hence the importance of prevention!
I have since joined a study on the impact of alimentation and physical exercise on cancer recurrence and am setting up a cancer support group at work. I live in Italy near Milan where the founder of breast-conserving surgery with the invention of the technique of quadrantectomy, Prof. Umberto Veronesi, still works. He is an outstanding person and has done/does so much for us, women.