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Breast Cancer Awareness: Black Woman Streams Surgery On Facebook Live

A Black woman was applauded by thousands for her bravery in undergoing and streaming her breast cancer surgery this week…

A Black woman was applauded by thousands for her bravery in undergoing and streaming her breast cancer surgery this week on Facebook Live in a national awareness month about the deadly disease.

RELATED: Black Women Face High Risk, Dangers and Death Rates With Breast Cancer

Sonia Johnson 50, or DeSoto, Texas, said she hoped her live-streamed lumpectomy Thursday to remove a tumor from her breast will be watched by many women. She said she wanted her story to inspire women to get screened for the disease, with African Americans facing high breast cancer death rates . October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“I had been able to say” I had cancer “Johnson said on Wednesday, before her procedure to KTVT a CBS-owned television station. “Right now I say I have cancer. Tomorrow I’ll say ‘I had cancer.’ “

Johnson, a grandmother, found out she had the tumor last December. She went through chemotherapy and was determined to beat the disease by exercising her faith as well as with a positive attitude.

She chose Dr. Allison DiPasquale as her surgeon to remove her breast tumor at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. The high-risk surgery also opened up the door to a learning opportunity, with breast surgeons, radiation oncologists and the executive director of Susan G. Komen Dallas answering questions from viewers on Thursday.

Johnson began recovering after pulling through her surgery and was doing “well,” DiPasquale said via Facebook on Thursday afternoon. Here live-streamed surgery has got more than 1

9,000 views as of Thursday afternoon.

For many black women, breast cancer often forces them into surgery, especially when they are diagnosed at advanced stages of the disease. Black women were also more often found to have triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive type that often returns after treatment.

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