Mid-South Woman Raising Awareness For Breast Cancer Risk

Mid-South Woman Raising Awareness For Breast Cancer Risk

One courageous Mid-South mother is in the middle of her battle with breast cancer. Her mission is to be an advocate for awareness.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)-- ABC News is going pink today for breast cancer awareness. The mission is to engage and educate Americans on breast cancer facts and prevention.

One courageous Mid-South mother is in the middle of her battle with breast cancer. Her mission is to be an advocate for awareness.

"Women are getting diagnosed every day." Georgetta Carr's diagnosis came in May right after her yearly mammogram.

She had a small lump, undetected by touch.

"The radiologist was trying to determine whether to do a biopsy or monitor it," she says. "A little voice told me to speak up about my family history and I did."

Cancer runs deep in her family.

Her mom died of cervical cancer. Her dad and several uncles have had prostate and colon cancers. Her aunt is a 40 year breast cancer survivor.

"Knowing my family history and speaking up about it led me to an early diagnosis," says Carr.

The mother of two began chemo in July. She's in the middle of her second round. Surgery is scheduled for December.

In addition to fighting cancer, she's still working to raise awareness, especially for women considered high-risk like herself.

She encourages others to learn all they can about their family history. Carr's doctors at Baptist Women's Health tell patients that all the time.

"Looking at who has been diagnosed with cancer. How old were they when diagnosed and what type did they have," says Lorrell White, a genetics counselor with Baptist Women's Health.

It's also important to know what outside factors affect your risk of developing breast cancer.

"Weight, alcohol consumption, diet, family and personal history, we combine all those together."

"My life has really come full circle," says Carr. "I went from being a supporter of Komen, a race team captain, to actually benefiting from the money that I and other people in the Mid-South have raised."

Carr isn't letting her diagnosis slow her down a bit.

"I want to be even more of an advocate for breast cancer research and awareness."
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