Breast Cancer Survivor Advises Getting Mammograms Once Coronavirus Threat Ends

BOSTON (CBS) — Julie Tolek remembers the exact minute her life changed forever: June 26, 2019. It was eight in the morning when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I thought I was in a dream. Nightmare, I guess, is a better description,” Tolek recalled. “I couldn’t say the word. It couldn’t be my life.” The diagnosis: stage two grade two invasive ductal carcinoma — an aggressively growing cancer. “I chose to have a double mastectomy even though my cancer was only in one breast. I decided I wanted to do everything in my power to not have to go through this again,” Tolek explained. Her surgery happened in December after going through chemotherapy all summer and fall. A month of daily radiation overlapped the arrival of coronavirus in Massachusetts. “I was using a glove to touch the elevator buttons and sanitizing — literally every time I went by a hand sanitizer — all along the patient rooms. Every one, I was just sanitizing my hand constantly,” she said. Many routine health exams, like mammograms, are postponed right now. But it’s something Tolek wants everyone to prioritize when the threat of coronavirus is behind us. “It took like three or four months for me to get an appointment. They booked the appointment right away, but it was three or four months out,” she said. “Who knows how much it grew between when I found it and when I got in for the appointment.” He...
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