‘The mammogram saved my life’: North Alabama breast cancer survivor urges yearly mammograms

If Pam Cook hadn't gone in for a routine checkup, her cancer story could have had a different ending.

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 9:29 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2021 12:10 PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for one survivor, the month has taken on a new meaning.

Last October, Pam Cook went in for her yearly mammogram at Crestwood Women's Center. Her routine checkup quickly turned into something more, as doctors discovered a small lump.

Crestwood Women's Center

Cook was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said if she hadn't gone in for a routine checkup, her cancer story could have had a different ending.

"I have a family history of cancer — breast cancer — so I routinely do my mammograms," Cook said. "And when I ended up going to the surgeon, he said, 'I could barely feel this.' So had I not had that mammogram, it could have been years."

She said in that time, the cancer could have aggressively spread.

"The mammogram saved my life," Cook said.

She had surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. This November will mark one year since she's been cancer free.

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