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Texting it Forward: Mammograms can save lives

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Breast Cancer Awareness month is a special time for hundreds of thousands of women and men to reflect on survival, loss and hopes of a cure.

One Savannah woman uses her survival story as a resource for other women to learn what resources are at their fingertips, because she says knowing what resources are here is half the battle.

Thea Jenkins was 40 and had a family history of breast of cancer, so she knew she had to be screened. What she didn't know was how she was going to pay for it, and she said a text message literally saved her life.

"My friend April, who's a survivor, sent a random text message to a group of us," Jenkins said. "I was the only one who received it, and it was for a free mammogram."

That screening caught her cancer.

"That's what saved my life!” she said. “I didn’t have a lump. I was zero stage, and that's the only way I could have known, through a mammogram."

She now pays it forward in many ways.

"I made a promise to myself, and I made a promise to God, that I'm going to shout it from the roof top,” she said. “I'm going to let women know because women don't know the resources we have here!" 

She sends her own text messages now, speaks at local awareness events and has her own group guided under the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia chapter called the "Pink Hair Warriors."  

They style hair and inform women and men about what kind of care is available to them.

Recently the American Cancer Society came out with new recommendations for ages for people to get their first mammogram, bumping it up from 40 to 45, but what people at Memorial Health and Susan G. Komen say is you need to know your body and talk to your doctor about what's appropriate care for you. 

The new guidelines can be found hereThe Susan G. Komen Foundation offered this response

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