Women's Health

Camille’s Story:“I Was Speechless”

Camille King was saved by mammography. She began yearly screening at age 40, and after her second mammogram, at age 41, she was diagnosed with noninvasive ductal carcinoma. “I was speechless” at the diagnosis, says King, now 44, of Cincinnati, who works for the city’s Department of Transportation and Engineering.

She had two lumpectomies — the first didn’t remove all the cancer — and radiation therapy and is now cancer-free.

“I knew to start mammograms at 40, to be proactive,” she says. “It has always been recommended, and when a van came to my job site I signed up for that first year. I am very glad I did. I still do it annually. I had friends who weren’t having mammograms, but after my diagnosis, they started getting them. I think it is crucial for women to be proactive with preventive health.”

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Last Updated: December 16, 2015