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Remembering my friend

by Leslie Nutkis

Oct. 5, 2023, 3:17 p.m.

Sophia was my best friend and I will always remember how hard she fought to survive breast cancer. She was incredibly brave during her four year battle against it. When she passed away in 2012 she left behind her family, a loving husband and 2 beautiful daughters. 

Thankfully, since then, there have been many advances in treating breast cancer. As we know, the fight begins with early detection. Firstly, the importance of performing proper breast self-exams is vital. Get to know your breasts at an early age and discuss any changes immediately with a doctor. Secondly, receive a yearly mammogram—beginning at the age of 40 years old or earlier (based on your family history). 

Because October is breast cancer awareness month, I want to honor Sophia and the memory of all of our friends and loved ones who have suffered—by urging all women to follow the recommendations for screening, detection, and knowing your risk factors. We can’t stress enough that early detection is the key. Remember to schedule your yearly mammogram! 

There are a host of reasons and excuses why women put it off—too many to list here. I’m here to encourage you to rethink whatever story and excuses you’re telling yourself and make that appointment. 

Part of my new job at NCPS is to learn about Dr. Capuano’s ability as a surgeon. By doing so, I’ve become aware of how important breast reconstruction is to him and our staff. He’s helped many women who require breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or lumpectomy. 

In addition to being an expert on breast reconstruction surgery, Dr. Capuano and our staff help in many other important ways—from managing your insurance needs to advising you on your surgical options. We hold your hand every step of the way. Also, we offer Lymphatic Drainage massage therapy, both pre-operatively and post-operatively, to all of our surgical patients. We feel this is a vital step during the recovery process.

Every month is breast cancer awareness, here at NCPS.