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Oklahoma woman proves that youth should not preclude breast cancer screening

Source: Tulsa World

Author: Shannonn Muchmore

Published: March 19, 2013

Denisa Baker, 39, was too young for a routine mammogram, but insisted on one after finding a lump during a self-examination. She found out she had stage-three invasive ductal carcinoma that had spread to her lymph nodes.

In the past 10 years, the average age for breast cancer diagnosis has decreased while the mortality for breast cancer for all ages has also dropped. This is likely because of earlier diagnoses, more awareness and better treatments, said Dr. John Frame, breast surgeon at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The center recently received a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers and is the only center in Tulsa to have the distinction.