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Nancy Sokolowski




 
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I think one of the top pieces of news that no one wants to ever receive is that they have cancer. It has to be devasting just to get over the initial shock of the diagnosis. Thousands of thoughts start racing through your head. You have so many questions and there is so much information you need to learn it has to be overwhelming for many. Today we are going to talk specifically about Breast Cancer. According to the CDC, in 2007  202,964 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer. 40,598 women in the United States died from breast cancer. That is just in one year folks. About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 54,010 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. About 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2010 as well. We are not trying to scare you. We have to face cancer head on. So if you are diagnosed, what do you do? Our guest today hopes to assist you through this stressful time. The book we will discuss today is titled, “THE BREAST CANCER COMPANION: A GUIDE FOR THE NEWLY DIAGNOSED.” It is co-written by a nurse with over 50 years experience in diverse specialties. She is also the co-founder of Norwalk Hospital's Smilow Family Breast Health Center.  Please welcome to Your Life Matters Nancy Sokolowski.