Published on October 13, 2022

Early detection of breast cancer can save your life: Leah Mendoza's story

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time to recognize survivors and share their compelling stories of strength, determination, and will to survive. Meet Leah Mendoza, a local mother of three, who fought the fight against breast cancer and lives to advocate for women facing the same diagnosis.

Leah began her journey in 2016 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. “It was so overwhelming and I was in disbelief that it was happening to me.” After several appointments and tests, Leah decided it was time to move forward with a double mastectomy.

I made a pretty radical decision to go ahead and do a double mastectomy. As a mom trying to juggle a child with special needs, two other children and a busy husband, I knew that I needed to take a drastic step so that I could get healthy and not ever have to worry again about the risk of breast cancer.

–Leah Mendoza, breast cancer survivor and advocate

Following the surgeries, Leah spent several months in bed, sometimes completely bedridden, healing. However, that short setback was only moments lost compared to the time she now has with her husband and children.

“It’s always hard to take a pause from being a busy working mom, no matter how old your children are. But in the end, if we don't take good care of ourselves as women, we can't be there for our careers, our families, and all the things that truly matter to us.”

Today, Leah is one hundred percent cancer free, and is a strong advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness. She not only encourages her own family to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but she also reminds friends and family that when you go through something difficult with your health, you realize not to take any of that for granted.

Carol Hatton Breast Care Center staffBreast Imaging Center of Excellence

You deserve care that meets the highest standards for imaging quality, safety, equipment, and staff qualifications. The American College of Radiology (ACR) awarded Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence® designations to Carol Hatton Breast Care Center—the first area facility to earn this recognition.

Whether you need specialized testing, preventive care, or treatment, Community Hospital’s Carol Hatton Breast Care Center doctors and staff offer expertise with a compassionate touch.

How do I schedule a mammogram?

Ask your doctor to give you a referral for services at Carol Hatton Breast Care Center. Then, call (831) 649-7233 to schedule your appointment.

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