Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Story
- Created on October 18th, 2011
- By The National Cancer Institute
Juanita Lyle, an African American breast cancer survivor of 35 years talks about her struggles with the disease and how it affected her personally and emotionally. At a time in the 1970s before many medical advances had been achieved; she found the fight at times to be a lonely one. With the support of her family, she found the strength to overcome and beat the disease. She also talks about the power of information and encourages African American women who are confronted with the disease to never give up.
Worta McCaskill-Stevens, MD, Program Director of the Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), speaks to African American women about what they need to know about breast cancer and breast cancer screening and prevention. African American women have the nation's highest breast cancer mortality rate though they do not have the highest rate of occurrence for the disease. Dr. McCaskill-Stevens talks about breast cancer disparities and points women to NCI resources, including the toll-free 1-800-4-CANCER, to obtain further information about breast cancer. Visit the" Learn More About Mammograms" section of the NCI Web site for more information about breast cancer screening - http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/screening/breast/mammogram