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Lexington woman: make getting a mammogram a new year's resolution

In 2012 the Cancer Institute says nearly 230,000 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed.

In our Think Pink segment Amber Philpott introduces us to a Lexington mother who hopes other women will make getting a mammogram a new year's resolution, one that could save their life.

As a busy mother Kelly Spencer doesn't have a lot of time, in 2010 she made time for a routine mammogram. It wasn't something she was worried about at all.

"I'll leave and I'll get my letter in the mail that says everything is fine, come back in a year and it will be over," said Kelly Spencer.

Really that was just the beginning for Kelly.

"What they picked up looked like tiny grains of salt, that's what the mammogram picked up," said Spencer.

That was in Kelly's left breast, doctors wanted her to have a breast MRI. That MRI would reveal some devastating news.

"They found an aggressive tumor on the right side. So the mammogram initially, just going in for my very second one I was 41 years old, is really what started the whole chain of events," said Spencer.

In the throws of life, Kelly admits she didn't have time for cancer.

The wife and working mother of two was confronted with two options: to have lumpectomies with radiation or to go ahead and have a double mastectomy.

Kelly says her decision was easy.

"I remember putting my three year old to bed one night, it was the night we were trying to make the decision and I said you know what I want to be her to see you graduate then everything else kind of made sense," said Spencer.

Kelly now sings the praises of the importance of mammograms, its what Kelly owes her life to.

"Yeah its scary to go in there, there is a lot of anxiety getting a mammogram. Is it painful, its uncomfortable? For 60 seconds its over, but it saved my life," said Spencer.

Kelly had no family history of breast cancer, her doctors told her that if she had waited to get a mammogram most likely it would have been too late for the tumor in her breast.


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