Valdosta Daily Times

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October 28, 2013

Breast cancer: Personal accounts help the public

-- — Each day throughout October, Times readers have likely noticed the pink ribbon in the top corner of the front page. This ribbon has been part of the newspaper’s efforts to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Times has also included stories from breast cancer survivors and women confronting breast cancer. There have been stories about area events committed to raising awareness and funds regarding breast cancer. These stories have hopefully contained information that has proved both informative and inspirational to readers.

As many of the women profiled told us, they shared their stories because they hope to help other women. Whether it was to make others aware of a relatively unknown form of breast cancer, or to get regular mammograms, or to not ignore an unexpected lump, these women want others to know the options and the available possibilities for recovery.

Early detection is key and understanding breast cancer is paramount in taking the first steps to beating it and recovering.

It has been the accounts of women who are fighting breast cancer and who have survived breast cancer that have revealed the true strength of the human spirit, the real possibilities of surviving, the real need to continue fighting against cancer.

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