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Awareness goes beyond a single individual. Often times it can be up to family and friends to make sure those at risk for breast cancer are checking themselves often.
When Patty Bolle went to see McClure for a routine hair appointment in 2017, it was then the stylist and salon owner noticed something odd.
There was a small bald spot Bolle’s scalp. “It was just about bigger than a dime size,” McClure told WILX 10 NBC.
“And it looked like it had been burned,” she went on. “It was kind of red and splotchy and so I asked her if she burned it and she said ‘no’ and I kind of poked it a little bit and asked if it was sensitive and she said ‘no.'”
Bolle was originally diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years prior. “I went through the chemo and radiation and surgery to remove all signs of that,” she shared with WILX. “That was a course of nine months.”
Sadly, after over a decade of being cancer-free, a biposy showed Bolle’s breast cancer had returned, and at its most advanced stage.
Bolle, of course, was devastated. “I had already battled it for 13 years ago and won,” she said. Now she’s taking a new oral drug that she hopes will yield positive results.
If it hadn’t been for McClure, Bolle’s cancer probably would have gone unnoticed until it had spread too far.
Thankfully, McClure spoke up when she noticed the bald spot “A stylist is the person that looks at your scalp more than your doctor would,” she said.
If you or someone you love has battled breast cancer, you are not alone. Share your story, get checked annually, and encourage those you love to do the same. It’s never a bad idea to take precautions. You might just save a life.
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