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6 things to know about breast cancer, from a breast cancer oncologist and survivor

Emily Marcinkowski, MD
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/ by UK HealthCare

As seen in TOPS in Lexington Magazine.

Dr. Emily Marcinkowski isn't just one of UK Markey Cancer Center's breast surgical oncologists. She's also a breast cancer survivor. 

From her personal and professional experience, she shares six things you should know about breast cancer – before and after diagnosis.

1. Know your breasts.

You know your breasts better than I ever will. Monthly breast exams help you get to know your breasts. If you find or feel something different, tell your provider. 

2. Ask questions.

Don't be afraid to ask your doctor. It's their job to help you understand the disease that you have.

3. Use your resources.

In Lexington, we are fortunate to have so many resources for cancer patients: from wigs to rides to chemotherapy to a friend to sit with you. Use your resources!

4. Lean on your friends and family.

I have no doubt that you have been there for your friends and family. Now it is their turn. Allow them the gift of taking care of you.

5. Show up to fight.

A cancer diagnosis gives you a sense of loss of control. You cannot control what your doctor will recommend and you might not want to fight, but it's your only choice. Bravery without choice. The only control you have is showing up to fight. So show up.

6. Get your mammograms.

Your best defense is a strong offense!

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