Ana Knoben: An Unexpected Fight

By Drew Carr, Statesman Content Marketing

Ana Knoben
Ana Knoben

“It doesn’t matter how old you are. Just go and get checked.” – Ana Knoben

In August of last year, 34-year-old Ana Knoben noticed a lump in her breast while showering. A physician at a regional walk-in clinic ordered a mammogram and biopsy after examining it. Ana was at work when she received a call two days later informing her that the lump was cancerous.

“I went to my manager at work and said I needed to take a couple of days off to see the doctor. She said ‘OK, are you alright?’ I said ‘Yeah. I just have cancer.’ She broke down. Then I realized what was happening, and I broke down.” – Ana Knoben

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Lisa Voorhies: Building the best team for battle

By Jodi N. Gonzalez
Statesman Content Marketing

October 10, 2015

Lisa VoorhiesThe best support team has your back even when you don’t know you need it.

After a routine mammogram on Oct. 2, 2014, Lisa Voorhies was told she would need an ultrasound. After the ultrasound, she was told she needed a biopsy. Two days later, the news came in: She had breast cancer.

Thus began a cancer journey that has ended well, but took several twists and turns over the past year.

Voorhies’ first surgeon told her she should have a mastectomy. “While I was comfortable with this approach if necessary, I wanted to make sure the decision was based on the most current medical information available,” Voorhies said. “So I wanted to first have a BRCA test.” Because her mother had battled and survived Stage III breast cancer at a young age in the 1980s, Voorhies was a good candidate to be tested for the presence of the breast cancer genes. This would help her know if a mastectomy was the right path.

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