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A regular exam in 2003 led to a cancer diagnosis for Enterprise resident Eulene Jones. “I went in for a routine exam in October of 2003. I saw Dr. Karen Mockler. she was very thorough. The next day the doctor called and said I needed an ultrasound. Things happened really fast,” Jones said. “I saw Dr. Sam Sawyer for a biopsy. He determined a lumpectomy was needed, but that it was no rush.”

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When a woman has a mammogram performed, she may receive a letter telling her that she has dense breast tissue. Having dense breast tissue can make it harder to read a mammogram, and it may be connected to a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

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A routine mammogram is how Barbara A. Pearson Sampson first learned she had breast cancer in 2010.

The diagnosis was confirmed through an ultra sound that she had two weeks later.

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The 20th Annual Coffee County Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Issues Forum will focus on changes in breast cancer and its treatment as well as information about other aspects of women’s health.

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Allisha Harrison never expected to find her breast cancer at such an early stage in October 2016, but she did, thanks to knowing her family history and having a mammogram.

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I think I knew that it was cancer,” breast cancer survivor Bobbi Fleming said about the diagnosis she received almost 30 years ago. “I think sometimes you just know.”

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She didn’t have any kids. Me being her oldest nephew, I stepped up and was like, ‘Whatever you need me to do, I’ll be there for you,’” said Sheldon Gibson, caretaker for his aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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The 19th Annual Coffee County Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Issues Forum will focus on changes in breast cancer and its treatment, information about general health and news about local medical facilities.

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“Be strong and courageous.”

Those words from the ninth verse from chapter one in the book of Joshua in the Bible are inscribed on the front of each of the hot pink and lime green bags given to women battling cancer.