WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Two years ago, Mary Lacy Tate felt something in one of her breasts that wasn't there just the month before. She had been doing breast self exams since the late 90s after watching WECT's Pink Pack segments.
"Because of your program, I started doing my self examinations on the 7th of every month because that was my birthday," Mary told WECT's Frances Weller. Both participated in the annual Run for the Ta Ta's on Saturday.
Mary celebrated her birthday October 7, 2011, thinking she was breast cancer-free. Another breast self exam, just one month later, revealed a lump---a cancerous one.
Her lump was discovered early. She did not need chemotherapy. But she did decide to have both breasts removed.
"I was one of the lucky ones. I didn't have to do a double mastectomy but I didn't want to look over my shoulder the rest my life."
Mary encourages all women to do the monthly Pink Pack reminders.
WECT also sends monthly reminders on smart phones. Text the words "Pink Pack" to 91066 to receive a monthly reminder via text message. Message and data rates may apply. You can text STOP at any time to cancel your subscription, text HELP for more information, or call 877.571.0774 for support.
The Pink Packs are sponsored by New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Enclosed are illustrations that show you how to do the exam. Click here to have one sent to you in the mail.
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