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Episode Two: Breast Cancer

Episode Two: Breast Cancer

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20 minutes. Originally aired on October 13, 2009.
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More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. That's why screening and early detection are so important. In this episode, we talk with Norris Cotton Cancer Center oncology nurse Laura Urquhart and Shirley, a breast cancer survivor from Orford, New Hampshire. Shirley shares her experience after a routine mammogram revealed a tumor in her breast that was the size of a grain of sand.

Both women share personal stories about how cancer has touched their lives, and inspired them to give back. Shirley is involved in several efforts to raise awareness and funds for research. She also volunteers at the Cancer Center, delivering treats to patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Urquhart authored a book, A Nurse’s Guide to Caring for Cancer Survivors: Breast Cancer, which provides valuable tips on counseling people with cancer through the various aspects of survivorship, including diagnosis and treatment, follow-up, healthy behaviors, and personal growth.

They also talk about the Let No Woman Be Overlooked Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, which provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to New Hampshire women who meet certain requirements. Moreover, inherited risk of cancer and genetic testing and counseling are discussed (more information about the Familial Cancer Program).