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Cancer heroes remembered

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- Two local women who inspired many by battling cancer with courage are being remembered as heroes.

Chisel Segura and Jennifer Turbeville, both in their 30's, lost their fight with cancer over the past few weeks.  Segura, pictured on the left, died last week.  Turbeville, on the right, passed away December 20.

WECT interviewed Turbeville, known to her friends as "Turbo," in the fall of 2011. At the time, she had just been released from Hospice.  Doctors were convinced she only had a matter of days to live after being diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer.  She defied the odds and lived over a year longer.

Segura was a familiar face to local breast cancer survivors after being featured as one of the models in the Ta Ta Sisterhood calendar in 2011.  She was also featured in one of WECT's Pink Pack segments.

Segura was 12 weeks pregnant when she found a lump in her breast. Her doctor attributed it to her hormones but within a week it had grown into a large mass.  It was breast cancer.  Segura would give birth to her baby, despite doctor's suggesting she abort the fetus.

Segura's cancer would return and spread.  She died last Wednesday.

Both Turbeville and Segura always touted the importance of breast self exams and annual physicals. 

As a tribute to these two women, remind a friend to do the important breast self exam.  You can click on Pink Pack on for one of our packages that shows you how to do the exam. You can also write to us at 322 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, N.C.

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