BCRF researcher shares why she is personally invested in ending breast cancer.
Electra Paskett is no stranger to breast cancer. As a behavioral epidemiologist at the Ohio State University and Play for P.I.N.K. award recipient, she studies how best to engage women in reducing the risk of developing or dying from breast cancer. It is a science she knows too well. Both her mother and grandmother are breast cancer survivors and at the age of 40, she too shared the diagnosis. Today she stands not only as a three-time breast cancer survivor but also a leading mind in breast cancer research.
“I always knew that some day I would develop breast cancer because of my family history,” Paskett said. “I didn’t ever think it would be at age 40 with a two-year-old.”
Over the course of her three diagnoses, Paskett endured several surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Despite her expansive knowledge of the disease itself, much of the treatment and its side effects was new territory. Everything from chemotherapy side effects to the daily routine of radiation therapy were realities that had to be understood one step at a time.
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