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A network of comprehensive breast health centers.
A network of comprehensive breast health centers.

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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

#MLKDay #MartinLutherKing #MartinLutherKingDay
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Dr. Lisa Curcio was featured on KCAL 9 this morning to discuss life after breast cancer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-IYmBM-jVI&feature=youtu.be

#BreastCancerSurvivor #KCAL9News #LifeAfterBreastCancer #Breastlink
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Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early.
Have you scheduled your yearly mammogram yet?
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Please join Breastlink, Dr. John Link & Dr. Shlomit Ein-Gal for a Book Release and SABCS Update Thursday, January 25, 2018.

The following topics will be discussed- - Long term data shows turning off ovaries during chemotherapy helps preserve fertility
- Acupuncture significantly improves joint pain associated with aromatase inhibitors
- Long term follow up helps understand who benefits from 5 years of ovarian suppression after breast surgery
- Advancements in metastatic breast cancer
The role of immune therapy in breast cancer

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dr-john-link-book-release-dr-shlomit-ein-gal-sabcs-update-tickets-41402292371
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Breastlink Angel Breast Cancer Survivor, Christine Harvey Johnson.
Diagnosed in May 2015 with
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

My pink journey began May, 2015. I have always supported breast cancer as my best friend Charlotte Kilgore is a 19 year, 3 time survivor. My world forever changed in May of 2015 when I received my diagnosis. My normal personality is very lively and jovial; however this news was devastating beyond belief. For the first time, as far as I could remember, I was speechless. Once I made sense of all of this, I met with my breast surgeon, “the fabulous” Dr. Lisa Curcio. As Dr. Curcio explained all of my options and my specific breast cancer in detail, I was still somewhat in denial and overwhelmed. She suggested that I be tested for the BRCA gene, and I quickly said “no” as fear set in. I knew that I was at my breaking point and that I couldn’t take any more bad news. However, in listening to Dr. Curcio, reality set in and I understood how important this test was. I moved forward with the BRCA gene test. After my results indicated that I was BRCA negative, I elected to have a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.
At this point in my life, my medical insurance changed. Dr. Curcio was not a physician on staff at the contracted hospital that my insurance covered. My heart sank realizing that with all that I had been through, I was going to have to switch doctors and see a complete stranger. NO!! I was mortified. Dr. Curio told me not to worry, that she was going to get emergency privileges at the hospital and that she would perform my double mastectomy. I was relieved, and all I could say was, “WOW”. This act of kindness by Dr. Curcio forever humbled me, as she was an angel sent to me in my darkest hour.
August 28th was my surgery date. Dr. Curcio held my hand as I drifted off to sleep; I knew I was in the best possible hands of both Dr. Curcio and my plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Gaon. September 2nd, on my 20 year wedding anniversary, I was given the best news of my life – “Christine, you are cancer free.” I was ecstatic. During my journey, I endured 4 surgeries due to complications, necrosis, and lack of blood supply caused my body to reject the breast expander, leading to a bacterial infection called pseudomonas.
Throughout my journey, my husband was and still is my rock. As I continue this journey, he stands by my side each and every step of the way. My additional support system of family, friends and the Breastlink team has been phenomenal and I believe was truly the key to my positive outlook. From the very beginning of my diagnosis, I knew I wasn’t going to fight this alone. To all who supported me then and now, I will forever be grateful. I remained confident, reminding myself that I had made it through the battle, but I was determined to win the war. I never questioned “Why me?” It was meant to be me… it was my season to endure adversity and do it with a smile to exhibit to women that breast cancer doesn’t define you.

Life is what you make of it. Live and love life to the fullest and do it with a smile.
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Reminders this #FeelGoodFriday
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Early detection saves lives!
So many women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year under the age of 50 years old. 1 in 6 breast cancers are detected in women ages 40-49.
We believe yearly screening mammography should begin at age 40 but the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends waiting to start mammograms at age 50!
With your help we can raise awareness about this issue and help give countless women a fighting chance to detect breast cancer when curable. Starting mammograms at age 40 saves lives!
Please sign & share the petition- http://bit.ly/2dt2esF
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