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Breast cancer survivor gives back as a volunteer

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Meet Penny Page. She's a breast cancer survivor who now helps others win the battle themselves. 

"I'm working where they give the chemotherapy at CHRISTUS and there are three of us. We go around and make sure patients don't need anything. We just visit and try to make them feel comfortable and at ease," said Penny.

Penny volunteered at CHRISTUS when times got tough.

"I have not been able to work in a couple of years and I got bored. I went and talked to Faith in the volunteer department and she put me right to work," said Penny.

Penny is just one of the many people in Shreveport dedicating themselves to lift up a sister in need

Radiologist Dr. Mark Kraemer who works at the CHRISTUS Breast Center speaks highly of cancer survivors who help new patients go through treatment. 

When it comes to battling breast cancer, Kraemer said early detection is key.
 
"We encourage people at least once a month to do a self-breast exam. You'll get to know what your personal lumpy bumpiness is and if there's a change that's important," said Kraemer.

Self-breast exams are one of the best ways to catch it early.
 
If you do find a lump or if you're over the age of 40, make sure you see your doctor for a mammogram at least once a year.
 
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