As researchers continue to search for a cure for breast cancer, they continue to look at the affect the has on different groups, such as age, race and nationality. New studies show women of Indian descent in the United States are being diagnosed with breast cancer more than women in India.
“It’s not easy, it’s really hard, but you have to do it,” Meena Kapoor says as she fights back tears and as she fights for her life.
“My husband’s brother’s wife had it but now she is okay, she is free of cancer,” Meena says, “and my aunt, my uncle’s wife.”
“Age of first birth of their child,” she says, “lack of breast feeding, number of pregnancies, use of hormonal therapies.”
Doctors stress the importance of awareness to get women in for their yearly mammograms in hopes of early detection.
“There is certainly some sort of stigma that is affiliated with breast cancer in South Asian woman,” Aithal says, “but that is quickly changing.”
Meena speaks out to others – as she tries to beat cancer.
“I have to fight for myself,” Meena says.
A battle she hopes to win.
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