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Oct 17, 2011 7:39 PM

Komen representative discusses how to avoid breast cancer

TUCSON - "E" Entertainment reporter Giuliana Rancic told viewers of the Today Show this morning that she discovered she had breast cancer through a mammogram while undergoing fertility treatments.

She says her fertility doctor insisted on the mammogram and that led to early detection.

"I just want women out there to know if you can just find it early you could be okay. I will be okay because I found it early," she told viewers. "So I'm doing surgery this coming week, then I go to radiation for six and half weeks and then, yeah, I'm not going to give up, you know, i want that baby. And what's amazing is that that baby will have saved my life."

Rancic is 36 years old; just five percent of all breast cancers occur in women under 40. The key is education, early detection, and early treatment.

That's what Susan G. Komen For the Cure Southern Arizona is all about.

Their 2011 community profile is out, which is a report on breast cancer issues, including barriers to diagnosis and treatment.

Maria Elena Acuna from Komen for the Cure stopped by the News 4 Tucson studios today to discuss the 2011 Community Profile, a new high school sports initiative, and more.

For more on Komen for the Cure Southern Arizona, visit:

www.komensaz.org

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