Early detection is EVERYTHING. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 25 years ago. It was very early stages, so they did a lumpectomy. My mother also enrolled in a research program at Ohio State that combined the then experimental drug Tomoxifen and cocktails of herbs and vitamins. The cancer returned 8 years later, so they performed another lumpectomy and round of Tomoxifen. Ironically, it returned again after another 8 years. For this recurrence, my mother had radiation therapy.
So far, no recurrence.
I got a mammogram for my 41st birthday and plan to keep them up.
Karen, let us know how it goes.