Although the number of woman diagnosed has declined in the last decade, breast cancer is still the most common form of cancer found in women. This year alone, the American Cancer Society predicts that nearly 40,000 women will die from the disease.
Thankfully, the amount of awareness of and support for breast cancer has increased dramatically, providing invaluable resources and education so that more women are able to detect their cancer early, and also by providing hope to women and their families while they learn how to cope with the disease.
Over the next three weeks, Backstage will talk to four Milwaukee women in various stages of their respective battles with breast cancer who were willing to share their stories with us, beginning with Joan Lohneis. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Joan began having regular screenings and was able to catch her own cancer very early on.