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Breast cancer patient: 'I'm facing my new reality. I'm a survivor.'

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure kicks off Saturday at Bergfeld Park in Tyler. The race is a chance to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer, and the importance of yearly screenings.

Ladana Crews is walking in the race for the first time Saturday, and doing her part to raise awareness about early screenings.

"Your life just stops," she said.

She's been cancer-free since February, but she's already on a mission with a message for women.

"Whatever fears or concerns they may have that keeps them from going in for a mammogram are probably misplaced. I know mine were. We  need to be concerned about early detection if were going to have the best chance to beat breast cancer."

Crews' doctor, Michael Klouda, says it's a common problem: women not getting screened regularly for breast cancer.

Klouda, who is the medical director of the ETMC Breast Cancer Center, said, "They dread the exam. It's not the most comfortable thing to have happen to you, but it only lasts for a few seconds
and it really is the gift that someone can give herself."

He said those yearly screenings could help save a woman's life.

"The earlier we see it, the smaller it usually is, and the easier it is to treat."

Crews said she is walking in the race Saturday to recognize "the new her."

"I'm facing my new reality...I'm a survivor."

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