BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)— October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. NBC Local 33’s Crystal Whitman spoke with a young breast cancer survivor who is now helping others. Whitney Breaux is a busy, young working Mom.
“My son and I were playing on the couch over a TV remote play fighting and I kind of reached over to him in one of my really quick accent moves and I came back with a TV remote but I also came back with a feeling in my left breast that brushed along my left arm,” says Breaux.
But March 20,2020 was a day that Breaux says she will never forget.
“That was the first time that I felt what I now know to be a six centimeter size tumor that had been growing in my left breast for the last year,” says Breaux.
Her diagnosis isn’t stopping her. Breaux launched the Day 18 Campaign.
She says setting a reminder on the 18th day of each month could very well save your life.
“What we are hoping for with Day 18 is that women will take just five minutes in the shower…to perform a self breast exam in order to alert you to any potential abnormalities that might be forming that could potentially save your life,” says Breaux.
Breaux says she is grateful for her faith, her family, and support team that is helping her to make it through.
“Louisiana has the third highest death rate associated with breast cancer in the United States.
This is a call to action for all women to perform those self-breast exams. We are lucky to have amazing partners in order to help us spread the word,” says Breaux.
Doctors say early detection and treatment of breast cancer is key to a higher survival rate.
For more information on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, click here.
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