Breast cancer was an unexpected curveball

In 2012, a routine mammogram turned into something Elizabeth Dailey did not expect. But the procedure enabled her cancer to be detected early sparing her the pain and expense of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  Photos by Henrietta Wildsmith.

Breast cancer survivor Elizabeth Dailey knows firsthand the benefit of regular mammograms.

In spring 2012, the SWEPCO budget analyst went for what she imagined would be a routine appointment, however, it turned out to be anything but.

She’d had annual mammograms for the past 12 years and knew the process well. Therefore, she thought nothing of it when she received a certified letter asking her to return for additional screenings.

“I had received such a letter before, so I was not overly concerned,” she said. “I went for the follow up, which consisted of additional mammograms and an ultrasound.”

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‘An unintentional self-exam saved my life’

After years of regular mammograms, Shreveport mom discovers she has three tumors

In 2013, only a month after having a mammogram, Suzanne Western discovered a knot in her left breast. The knot turned out to be three tumors she needed to immediately have removed.  Photos by Henrietta Wildsmith

Suzanne Western has always been diligent when it comes to mammograms.

After losing a grandmother to breast cancer and seeing her aunt battle the disease, she’s always known the importance of keeping regular appointments for early detection. But it would be her own experience that would show her self-exams are equally as important.

In June 2013, only a month after a mammogram, Western found a knot in her left breast.

She had been getting ready for her first day back to work in fleet services in Shreveport following a summer vacation when she felt it while rubbing lotion on a sunburn.

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