One woman who recently beat the disease says a big reason she beat cancer is because of her faith.
"At first when they told me I had cancer, I was like well I’ll be dogged," Shirley Pinkney said.
She isn’t new to breast cancer, four of her family members have battled or are battling the deadly disease.
She’s the fifth.
Pinkney felt a lump in her breast early this summer and knew something wasn’t right. So she went to her doctor.
"We went in the next day, she found it, and that’s when it all started," Pinkney said.
After a couple of months of preparations, doctors advised her to remove both of her breasts.
"It tore me down a little bit, but I said Lord you know all about my body so you’re going to handle this," Pinkney said.
With prayer and support from family, friends, church members, doctors, and nurse navigator Kim Lewis, Pinkney was ready to go.
"We need every woman ages 40 and above to do their mammograms. If there’s a family history you might want to even start earlier," Lewis said.
Lewis says genetics can play a role in who gets cancer, but it isn’t certain all relatives will get the disease.