After losing a sister to breast cancer nine years ago, Socorro Hernandez, 46, knew about the importance of early screening.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Each year, more than 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer, including thousands of women in Washington. In honor of their fight — and as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — The Columbian published this collection of stories about the women who have received breast cancer diagnoses, the science and technological advances for treating them and the community that supports them.
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2014 10:45 a.m.
Taking the cancer drug tamoxifen for five years drives down the incidence of breast cancer in women at high risk for the disease by close to 30 percent, researchers have found. And the medication’s protective effects against breast cancer appear to last, unabated, for as long as 16 years after a woman stops taking it, a new study says.
Read our Coping with Cancer series, featuring Krista Colvin. Colvin is widely known as an organizing maven. Her Web site has a wide following, and she has appeared regularly on television. In 2010, though, the then 43-year-old Camas resident was confronted with something that threw off the routines that ordered her life: a diagnosis of breast cancer.