Breast Cancer

‘I am living proof that mammograms save lives’: Third grade teacher grateful she caught breast cancer early [Video]

Michelle Mas, a third grade teacher at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, is now cancer-free after being proactive in undergoing a mammogram to detect cancer early.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For third grade teacher Michelle Mas, Toby is her buddy.

“He’s been my buddy through all of this,” said Mas. 

Mas is talking about her journey to fight off breast cancer.

Toby, her cat with “glorious whiskers,” as she describes him, is just one key part of her story.

The other, is her consistent pattern of keeping up all her mammogram appointments. Through Buddy Check, she knows how critical it is to catch breast cancer early.

“It’s a great reminder on the 12th of every month,” Mas said.

Buddy Check encourages self exams and mammograms. Mas says she never could feel a lump. But, her mammogram picked up red flags.

Dr. Karen Ching-Tismal, a breast surgical oncologist at Baptist Health – …

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