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16 years and breast cancer free

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"Early detection is key to survival. It's not a death sentence" said Quintella Thibeaux Baskerville of Lafayette after she beat breast cancer sixteen years ago.

But not all African American women will be so lucky. According to a recent study put out by the American Cancer Society, over two hundred thousand new cases of invasive breast cancer and forty thousand breast cancer deaths are expected to occur among women this year. A high number of those cases will be among the African American community as the study shows an increase in deaths from breast cancer among that group. Without any definite answer as to why numbers have increased, one thing is certain, early detection is the key to increasing your chances of survival.

According to Dr. Tyshaun James-Hart, breast surgeon as Women's and Children's hospital in Lafayette, if you haven't gotten your yearly mammogram now is the time to do so. Dr. James-Hart suggests taking a friend and to remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but every woman should be aware of their body all year long.

KLFY is proud to be a sponsor of the 20th annual Acadiana Breast Health Symposium Wednesday October 9th at the Cajundome Convention Center. During that ceremony, you'll have the chance to talk with local breast cancer medical experts, enjoy a fashion show featuring Acadiana survivors, and learn more about surviving and preventing breast cancer.

TV 10's Blue Rolfes will serve as master of ceremonies alongside keynote speaker and survivor Joan Cronan. Doors open at 5PM and tickets are $10 per person.

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