October 27, 2021

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"Cancer did not knock me to the ground, but to raise me up"

“Cancer did not knock me to the ground, but to raise me up”

Talent, perseverance and faith. This is how Flavia Regina Henrique Bazani, 42, faced the fight against breast cancer. Last year, she discovered through a routine examination that something was wrong with her body.

“I always used to do a self-examination while in the shower, when I touched my chest, I felt a lump, but it didn’t hurt. At that time I decided to have a mammogram, in September 2020, which detected breast cancer.”

According to breast doctor Emerson Wander Silva Soares, the initial stage of breast cancer is asymptomatic, that is, it has no signs and symptoms, so it is essential for women to be aware of the appearance of nodules and changes.

“Mammography helps detect the disease, and reduces deaths from this type of cancer by up to 30%. He stressed the need for women to be screened starting at the age of 40 to ensure early diagnosis and treatment with greater chances of recovery.”

Flavia lives in Foz do Iguaçu, and during the week stayed in the support home to undergo treatment at Yupican in Cascavel, away from her son and husband. In addition to seeking a cure for cancer, she has been fighting for her dreams of becoming a doctor and studying in Paraguay. Between chemotherapy, radiotherapy, family and university sessions, Flavia never gave up on her goals.

I tried to live a normal life, so as not to feel sick. The support of my family, friends, teachers and colleagues has been very important during this time,” he said.

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“Receiving a cancer diagnosis is not easy, I’m not saying I have cancer, but the cancer I was diagnosed with. I didn’t want to tell anyone, only my husband knows.” From that moment on, I decided to create a YouTube channel to talk about the disease, Flavia said. and empowering other women.

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“I didn’t think I would reach this many people, and I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for me, but instead, I strengthened myself even more. Through this process I realized that cancer did not come for me to eliminate myself, but to help me get up.” .

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Throughout the year, women over the age of 40 can schedule a mammogram with their SUS, right at the CDI (Diagnostic Imaging Center) at Uopeccan Hospital. Appointment phone numbers are (45) 2101-7015 in Cascavel and (44) 2031-0754 in Umuarama.

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