COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Members of the Council Bluffs business community joined hospital administrators to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month Tuesday.
They joined breast cancer survivors and family members of victims at Mercy Hospital to kick off the month, remembering loved ones.
“My sister was only 42, and my cousin, Ella was 54 when she died,” said Council Bluffs resident Clifton Anderson who attended the service. “She was battling it for 12 years and it just kind of took her at the end there.”
“Cancer takes many people and it's needless if people would just get their mammogram when they're supposed to get it,” said Theresa Jacoby.
More people are getting the message and beating the disease. Doctors say success rates have risen to 90 percent from 70 percent a few decades ago.
“Not a hundred percent, and obviously that's the goal everyone's shooting for. But it certainly does not carry the horrible ramifications with it that it once did,” said Dr. Jim Commers with Alegent Health Mercy Hospital.
“We don't want people dying from this horrible disease. We want people to be survivors. To be checked early and put the ravages of this really nasty disease,” Dr. Joe Hoagbin said.