Dottie Slocum, a breast cancer survivor, shares her story and why she decided to have a radical mastectomy.
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Dottie: Well, I was diagnosed in 1995. My mother was diagnosed in 1994 and my sister had it in 1990. I was thinking I was going to be one of the fortunate ones in my family that will not have the gene, but unfortunately I did have it. And then opted to have a radical mastectomy, for prevention in my right, if the cancer was in the left breast, with my family history, I could have it in the right also. To make sure that they have mammograms and to follow up, not only with the mammogram, but maybe with a CAT scan. Some cancer is not detected in the mammogram and they have been detected to a CAT scan, so I would recommend a CAT scan also. And I would also recommend, if you have a family history, try to get our doctor to do an examination on you earlier. I was a volunteer for the Dallas Race for the Cure for six years. And when I went to various of our luncheons, I was surprised the number of young women that were there, women who were in their early 30s, when I went to the first survivor lunch, I was thinking it was going to be a room full of ladies older and I was really amazed that there such young women in there.