Letters: Early detection is crucial

Letter writer recommends mammography screening for women

I would like to bring attention to the mammography clinic on February 24 in Sooke.

Since my breast cancer surgery in 2009, I have met three other people with diagnosis and treatment. Early detection has saved their lives.

Unfortunately my neighbour didn’t have a mammogram for 10 years. Last week she saw a surgeon and will be having her operation in three weeks. What saved her is the tumour is stage 1.

Very few people understand the extent of the cancer to the lymph nodes. She started to complain about pain in her arm. She asked me about treatment, alternatives to full breast removal, post-surgery recovery, etc.

I wrote up a journal for her to take to her first appointment with the surgeon.

We women don’t talk enough about our fight.

Susan Bailey

Sooke