Cindy Zerb, of Grand Ledge, was diagnosed with breast cancer on September 13, 2021. As of October 1, she is a one-year cancer survivor.

Advice from three Michigan women who fought breast cancer – and save us

Cindy Zerbe was diagnosed with breast cancer on September 13, 2021. It’s the news no one wants to hear.

“It rocks your world,” Zerbe said.

But after she stated that she had breast cancer, Zerbee received support from her co-workers, family and friends. I also learned about others who had it.

“It lets you know you’re not alone in this fight,” she said.

Zerbei met with doctors to determine the best course of action. I decided to have the surgery. As of October 1, Zerbee is a one-year cancer survivor.

Zerbee, 65, happily works as a secretary at Wacosta Elementary School in Grand Ledge. Women are advised to get mammograms and self-exams. She also wants breast cancer patients to know that they are not alone.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for support or help,” she said. “There is nothing wrong with that.”

The importance of early diagnosis

According to the American Cancer Society, Breast cancer makes up 30% of all new gynecological cancer cases each year. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Mohamed Youssef Hamdan

Dr. Mohamed Youssef Hamdan – Oncologist / Hematologist For Sparrow Ionia Hospital and Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center – works in a multidisciplinary clinic for patients after their diagnosis to discuss personal plans for treatment. Hamdan said the clinic receives about five patients a week.

But while treatment is important, many decisions made boil down to diagnosis.

Hamdan said that the results of breast cancer patients have improved since the tests became more advanced, especially the tests that achieve positive results before symptoms start.

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