Medical worker hopes cancer diagnosis will help others

BOCA RATON, Fla. – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many people are sharing their stories to help promote women getting their annual mammograms.

A woman in western Boca Raton said she wants to make sure a certain group of women get their control.

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Suzan Pooran, who has worked at the diagnostic center at West Boca Medical Center for 21 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago.

Last year she had her annual mammogram and something worrying was found.

“We did the biopsy and it came back positive for cancer,” Pooran said.

The mother of three said she lost her husband to cancer six years ago and opted for a double mastectomy after being diagnosed.

“It was a lot of emotion,” Pooran said.

She said she was lucky that the pandemic didn’t delay her mammogram too long and that doctors discovered her cancer early.

“So far everything is going well with me,” she said.

But she makes sure that others, especially those in healthcare, stay up to date with their check-ins.

“I try to tell some of my colleagues because I hear them say, ‘I forgot.’ And I say, ‘Please, please take the advice I’m giving you and go do your mamo, go take care of yourself,'” Pooran said.

Radiologist Jon Rosenweig said the pandemic prevented many women from being monitored.

He said any woman over the age of 40 should get their annual checkup, and anyone younger can work with their doctor.

“Cancer doesn’t stop before the pandemic,” Rosenweig said. “If you have a strong family risk for breast cancer or other things that increase your risk, start early.”

Pooran said it’s been a year since her surgery and all of her scans look good. She hopes her story and awareness can help other women beat breast cancer.

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