WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The news that Florida's first lady has been diagnosed with breast cancer is a reminder that no one is immune to it.
Little is known about the stage of her diagnosis, but in a statement, the governor said Monday that, "Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up."
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The announcement came during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is shining a light on a disease that does not discriminate.
"It's a little bit like an explosive going off in your life, it really is. It feels like someone threw a bomb at you," said Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker.
Brinker remembers when she received that dreaded diagnosis.
"It's going to be a journey, it always is when you develop this disease. I was very young in developing it as well. I was 38, three years after my sister died," Brinker said.
Brinker's sister was Susan G. Komen, who died at age 36 from breast cancer. She has spent most of her life hoping to keep the promises she made to her sister on fighting this brutal disease.
"I'm very concerned, however, about the amount of disparities in the United States today," Brinker said. "We still have 42,000 women who die every year of breast cancer, 250,000 diagnosed."
There is huge concern about what impact the pandemic will have on future breast cancer cases. The CDC reports a more than 80 percent decrease in screenings during the pandemic.
"I'm just worried what is going to result from that," Brinker said.
"It is reported that we have 80,000 women who have never had any kind of screening," Brinker said.
She hopes more women will get screened during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"At the end of the day, it's still the best technique to detect early breast cancer," Brinker said.