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Susan G. Komen predicts 252,710 cases of breast cancer this year

Susan G. Koman predicts there will be 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,610 deaths due to the disease this year in women. (MGN Online)

Susan G. Koman predicts there will be 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,610 deaths due to the disease this year in women.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Heartland resident Kimberly Titus is stressing the need for yearly mammogram checks.

"I'd like to encourage young women, old women, middle-aged women, go get that checked because it's so important to catch it early," Titus said.

Titus has no family history of the disease, but always had a yearly checkup for peace of mind, and to set a good example for her daughter and nieces.

July 15, 2015 was the day she received the information she said she thought would never come her way, that she had breast cancer.

"There wasn't any signs. I wasn't worried or hadn't shown any indications," Titus said.

Today, she has a positive outlook on her experience with the disease because of her consultations with her doctor and family, and that positive outlook was fairly unwavered throughout the process.

"I'm not going to lie, there was a few times where you felt a little down or you know, of my gosh, 'What if?' I kind of thought you can't let yourself dwell on it because that doesn't do any good. Worrying doesn't do any good," Titus said.

After a battling the disease, Titus is cancer free and back to work. She said it's good to catch it early because your chances of survival are much higher.

Susan G. Koman estimates a 38 percent mortality decline in the United States from the disease from 1989 to 2014.














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