Terry began scheduling regular screening mammograms 20 years ago after her cousin Cherry was diagnosed with breast cancer after putting off mammograms for six years, Terry said.
Terry's own mammogram showed often returned "suspicious," she said. But Terry’s follow-up ultrasounds and biopsies were always normal, she added.
Despite having dense breasts and the detection of cells with lobular carcinoma in situ, doctors told Terry’s chance of actually winding up with actual breast cancer was slightly more than 1 percent, she said.
Cherry died from breast cancer in 2001 on her 49th birthday, Terry said. In August 2010, Terry was diagnosed with breast cancer, she said.
The following month, Terry had a bilateral mastectomy and has taken medication, currently Tamoxifen, a hormonal therapy, ever since.
“Early detection is key,” Terry said. “We really want to stress getting your mammograms.”