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Self breast exam important in catching cancer

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Niisha Walker was only 21 years old when she found a lump in her breast.

"I was actually trying to take a nap and it was uncomfortable so I felt my breast and it was a lump so I told my mom and we went to the doctor right away."

Even though Walker was not giving herself an self exam, it is important for women to check themselves out every month.

According to The National Breast Cancer Association nearly 70% of people who have breast cancer found their cancer though self exams.

"I was surprised I had it, but as soon as I felt the lump I knew," said Walker.

When doing a self exam it is important to look for changes in the breast tissue, such as a lump or even discharge from the nipple.

Walker is lucky she knew her body well enough to catch her breast cancer early and today is cancer free.

"It's going to be ok, its not over. There are people out there who want to talk to you and help you."

Walker, her mother and sister are hosting an event Thursday for women of color who are surviving breast cancer.

It is called "A Splash of Color."

It is free at the Waterloo Public Library and starts at 5:00.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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