Three sisters fight breast cancer together
Mar 5, 2012
When Brenda O'Brien found out she had breast cancer for the second time, she was devastated - but it was nothing compared to when she discovered her older and younger sister, Kathleen and Angel respectively, were also diagnosed in the same year, according to MSNBC.
Now, their focus is to spread awareness about the breast cancer gene mutation, which they all have, and the importance of screenings, the media outlet reports.
"Women all over the world really need to go out and be tested no matter how fearful they are," Kathleen told the news source. "Because early detection does make such a huge difference. And if you're not getting the right answers where you go, you need to go get a second opinion."
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer, following only skin cancer. It is recommended that once a woman turns 40, she schedules annual mammograms to ensure she does not have the disease. Those who an extensive family history may want to start earlier, as a genetic disposition is a known risk factor.