Amy and Dr. Jen help this mom prepare for her first mammogram

Tiffani Ratliff, who has a family history of breast cancer, said she’s too scared to get her first screening.
5:48 | 10/27/20

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As a breast cancer survivor and thriver, this month is deeply personal for me. I was diagnosed seven years ago this very week after my dear friend and fellow cancer survivor robin Roberts convinced me to get my first mammogram live on "Good morning America." In front of about 5 million people or so. So, today, Dr. Jen and I are talking to someone who's now standing in the same position I D back in 2013. Her name is Tiffani Ratliff and she's never had a breast cancer screening. Tiffani is with us now to tell us more about her story. Thank you so much for being with us today. I know it takes some courage to talk about this and in your circumstance, I see the emotion that you're hearing because breast cancer runs in your family, so there's fear about getting screened. I know that you know that knowledge is power, tell us why you're finally stepping up to the plate saying, I need to do something. Basically, family is everything to me. My mother is my angel here on Earth and my dad is my angel in heaven, he actually lost his battle with brain cancer when I was just 3 years old, and then there was my aunt who was diagnosed twice with breast cancer, the first time she beat it. The second time it came back with a vengeance, she chose not to have, you know, any treatment, because as she always told us, her faith was way bigger than her fear and, unfortunately she succumbed to the disease in 2010, and in the midst of that, in 2007, my aunt Elaine was then diagnosed with breast cancer, she actually had a mastectomy. She's a 13-year survivor, she's still thriving, and in 2018, it really hit hard because my mom was then diagnosed with breast cancer. And when I tell you she's one of the bravest women that I know, I should have had a mammogram, she's been on me for years, but it's just that fear, you know, being 36, having three children, I know health is wealth, but that's one of those things that just makes my palms sweaty, my heart really, really beat faster speeding train. Yeahit's truly -- it's hard. It's a nail biter. Tiffani, you're speaking the truth for so many women who feel the exact same way. I know I've heard it, Dr. Jen has heard before. I'm going to give Yo opportunity to ask Dr. Jen some questions that may put your mind at ease. So, Dr. Jen, my first question to you is, if you have multiple family members that have been diagnosed with this disease, is it safe to deem this hereditary or some sort of genetic marker? That's really important. Because even though only 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases fall under that hereditary component. Family history is always important in medicine. When you have a strong family history of breast cancer, along with certain other cancers, it's definitely a red flag for genetic testing. Tiffani, you know, the earlier you find your cancer the better chance you have at surviving it. That's not a controversial statement. I know you have another question for Dr. Jen, go ahead. My last question would be, I have a smaller bust, so I always said to myself, I went from a 34b to 38dd during pregnancy, I breast-fed all three of my children, but having said that, the ignorance sets in, I have a smaller bust now, it's not that important to be tested, knowing that this test should done annually, am I more or less susceptible to the ase even though I have a smaller bust? So, tiff, a come of points. Number one, having pregnancies and breast feeding, good for you, lower a woman's risk. In terms of the data, about breast size and increased risk of breast cancer, it's all over the place. But Tiffani, my last words for you, the only thing to be afraid of is the unknown. Remember, the whole purpose behind during cancer screenings, whether you're a woman looking for breast cancer, or a man, is to find something early that can be curable. You come from a line of warriors, you just described the warriors, the women warriors in your family, you're from them, you're one of them. You've got this. Are you going to make a promise here on national television that you are going to get a mammogram before year's end? I am going to vtually pinkie promise that I will definitely schedule that mammogram asap, as soon as we're done here I'm going to call my physician. Good. Thank you. And your family thanks you. Tiffani, we really appreciate it. I know it's not easy to come on national television and talk T this, but thank you. You just changed your life. Thank you for having me. All right, Tiffani, again, sharing your story is one of those things that makes life more possible and powerful because everyone feels motivated to put their health first.

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