Barbara Caplan

Prior to her 77th birthday, Barbara Caplan had her annual appointment with her OBGYN.

Barbara’s doctor gave her a breast check and told her that since she had no family history of breast cancer and because of her age, a mammogram would not be necessary.

Barbara continued with her everyday life.

One morning she woke up, and her instincts told her that the decision to not have a mammogram didn’t feel right.

She picked up the phone, called her doctor’s office, and requested a mammogram.

To her surprise, the mammogram did not come back clear. Barbara then had a second mammogram and a biopsy. When all was said and done, at the age of 77, Barbara was diagnosed with Invasive Mucinous Carcinoma.

This form of breast cancer is quite unusual because it mainly affects women in their 70s and 80s and accounts for less than 2% of all breast cancer types.

Barbara then had a lumpectomy and three weeks of radiation.

She has gotten through all her medical battles with her very supportive husband of 58 years and tremendous support from her friends and family.

“I am an advocate for telling every woman to take care of your health. I don’t think there is anything more important than taking care of your personal health,” said Barbara

Barbara has always been a very independent woman, but what she went through taught her just how important it is to follow and listen to your instincts.

The original physician that told Barbara she didn’t need a mammogram, called her and said that she learned not to be so dismissive, and to study more whether women in their late 70s should get a mammogram.

Barbara continues to advocate and motivate for her older contemporaries and friends to continue to have mammograms, even if they have no family history of breast cancer.

She says that “it is important to take care of your health and get mammograms no matter your age”.

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