October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One cancer fighter at the Colleges, Rebecca Gutwin '06, was featured in the Williston Observer (Williston, Vt.) article “Williston Student Copes with Rare From of Breast Cancer,” from Aug. 12.
Gutwin was diagnosed in January, 2003 with a Phyllodes tumor, which has a 30 percent cure rate. She chose a marginal excision combined with six weeks of daily radiation for treatment, and her cancer is now in remission.
“I am not going to worry about it now,” said Gutwin, who continued her studies and rowing with the William Smith rowing team throughout her treatment. “I didn't want to change my life around to accommodate for this. Just having to deal with it every day, knowing why I had to go to radiation was the hardest part.”
The third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day, first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993. On this day, or throughout the month, radiologists provide discounted or free screening mammograms. In 2004, National Mammography Day will be celebrated on Oct. 15.