SHIPPENSBURG – October is breast cancer awareness month and thousands of women experience the pain of this disease each year. For more than 100 years, the American cancer society has been dedicated to eliminating cancer in all forms. Although the percentage of deaths from breast cancer is down, far too many women are still affected by it. Heidi Delp is a breast cancer survivor.
“They called me and said I have breast cancer,” Delp said. “I dropped the phone, and cried. After my surgery I went for chemo. Nine months. I was very tired. I lost my appetite. When I lost my hair, it came out in clumps. Then you have to go to your hairdresser. Because, you’re going, ahhhh, you know. And then she shaves your head.”
Heidi just celebrated six years cancer free, but she doesn’t want anyone else to have to go through that experience.
According to the American cancer society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Heidi and the American Cancer Society advise that women should get yearly mammograms to help prevent this.
Breast Cancer affects men as well; one percent of all breast cancer cases in the US are men.
For more information visit www.Cancer.org.