ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany family with a history of Breast Cancer is encouraging others to get checked for the illness.
In August, Pearlie Dawson was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer.
"Well actually this erupted from a regular examination," said Pearlie Dawson, Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Later this month, Dawson will have surgery to remove Cancer from her left Breast and will undergo 35 treatments of radiation.
"From August 17th my life began to be transformed from doctors, to nurses and all kinds of extended examinations," said Dawson.
Dawson's older sister, Annette Jones has been breast cancer free for two years. She was diagnosed in 2012.
"I'll never forget the day," said Annette Jones, Breast Cancer Survivor. "The day before Thanksgiving, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Grade G Breast Cancer."
More than 25 years ago, their mother Emma Jeter Jones passed away from Breast Cancer at the age of 65. Family members say her detection was too late.
"When she found the knot in her breast and when they did the biopsy on it, it was already spreaded," said Jones.
Dawson who is surrounded by those who love her, eels the support.
"I have a very strong support team," said Dawson.
Jones says that support is very important.
"But when you got someone to encourage you and say look, you're going to be ok, I'm here with you, I'm supporting you that's the best kind of support you could ever have," said Jones.
Dawson and Jones are encouraging all men and women to get checked.
"Get Checked, stop delaying, stop procrastinating," said Dawson.
"It's important, we can't take life for granted," said Jones. "We gotta take care of ourselves."
Pearlie Dawson's Operation Cedar Hope Ministry will highlight Breast Cancer Awareness in the Albany State Homecoming Parade.