LEAVE YOUR MARK: Cancer Crusader

But in order to effectively fight the disease she needed information to help her decide what was the best course of treatment. One doctor had simply handed her a scientific article on breast cancer from a medical journal that she couldn't understand. Another told her she needed a double mastectomy, while another said her immune system was too weak to handle such a procedure. Thoroughly confused about what to do, Gines set about trying to research breast cancer on her own in Spanish, her native language. "I started calling and looking around and I really couldn't find a whole lot," she says. "It was frustrating."

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Read more about Venus Gines' battle with breast cancer in teh December issue of Selecciones magazine, on newsstands November 17th. And learn about Venus' brilliant 'health fiestas' aimed at educating Latinas all over the United States and Puerto Rico about breast and cervical cancer.

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