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Phoebe holds Pink Balloon walk

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – You didn't have to be wearing rose colored glasses to see pink near Phoebe Putney Hospital Friday.  The Carlton Breast Center held a pink balloon walk to promote breast cancer awareness month.

Employees took time out of their lunch breaks to walk around the hospital.  For Raye Flanagan, the walk has special meaning.  Two years ago, her doctor encouraged her to have a mammogram.  She canceled multiple times.

Finally, he convinced her to perform the exam and was shocked when cancer showed up.  She was under the impression that if you couldn't feel a lump, you didn't have cancer.

Flanagan said, "I felt all around and there's nothing there.  She said you wouldn't feel this.  I had cancer cells and when I went to the surgeon.  He said it was like a hand ready to just spread out."

Flanagan had a mastectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery and is cancer free.  She now has regular mammogram's and encourages other women to do the same.

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