South Bend — It's estimated more than 140,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; 40,000 will die from it.
Those statistics from the National Cancer Institute are daunting, but early detection can make all the difference.
Just ask Janet Auel.
"I'm a huge advocate for self-breast exams,” she told WSBT News. “I'm living proof."
Janet is a dietitian at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. She knows how important it is to be your own health advocate.
In November 2002 Janet found a lump in her breast. A nurse practitioner told her not to worry about it, but three months later Janet was diagnosed with breast cancer.