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October 8, 2006

Albany -- The American Cancer Society and the Carlton Breast Health Center want to be sure to get the word out this month. Breast cancer is a disease that can be detected early, and it increases a woman's chances of preventing serious health complications.

One Albany couple overcame the disease together, and early detection made all the difference.

Sally Kraus is in pink today supporting the cause, because she's a survivor herself.

"Having the early detection through my mammogram prevented me from a much more difficult course of treatment," said Sally Kraus.

Sally's husband is oncologist Dr. Terry Kraus, who's worked with cancer patients for 30 years now. Some find it ironic his wife was diagnosed with a non-invasive breast cancer earlier this year. But Dr. Kraus says the disease doesn't discriminate, and it affects more than just women.

"If you're not going to get your mammogram for yourself, do it for your husband, or do it for your children, do it for the kids or the grandchildren because it can be all the difference between an outstanding chance of cure and a much less chance of cure," said Dr. Terry Kraus.

That was a message shared at a Pretty in Pink Tea Party and Fashion show event.

About 150 people came to the Shackelford House to support breast cancer awareness. It's a disease that affects more than just women, and one doctors say you can fight with early detection.

A simple mammogram is how Sally Kraus's lumps were detected before turning into a more serious problem.

"That made me recognize more so how greatful I am she got her early mammograms. I can't imagine having life without, I just can't imagine," said Dr. Krause.

Sally Kraus under went radiation therapy this past summer. Now she's proud to share the story how early detection of the lumps saved her.

"It was so small and so early in it's stages and it's because I did a mammogram every year," said Sally Kraus.

Yearly mammograms and monthly breast-self exams made a difference for Sally. And they're preventive measures anyone can do to detect a disease that affects everyone.

Risk factors of breast cancer include daily alcohol consumption, older age, genetics, and obesity. Proceeds from today's tea party event will benefit the Carlton Breast Health Center.

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