It was Sept. 24, 2011, when it all started and the 6-foot-3-inch teen had been visiting the University of Washington campus because she was a high-school basketball star visiting a program that would later award her a full athletic scholarship.
Brenda was diagnosed with esophageal cancer at age 47 and sought treatment at SCCA from Alaska. She was treated with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove most of her stomach and esophagus.
Jeffrey Davis went to see his naturopath in 2006 after coughing and realizing there was blood in the sink. “I figured I just coughed too hard, but I went to see the doctor.” His doctor agreed with Jeffrey, but thought they should run some blood work just to be sure. What they learned was that Jeffrey had chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Diligent about getting her annual mammograms for 20 years, Keum Ja Bae was surprised when she received a letter requesting she have a follow-up mammogram in March 2012. She had been healthy her entire life.
Gwen Brown was 43 years old in 2000 when she had her annual mammogram, something she had started doing when she was 40. With no family history of cancer, she was surprised to find out she had DCIS – ductal carcinoma in situ.