Jennifer Aniston lookalike battling breast cancer and has traveled to 97 countries

Jennifer Aniston lookalike battling breast cancer and has traveled to 97 countries.

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Jennifer Sullivan, 46, from Texas, is a Jennifer Aniston lookalike. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and had a?partial mastectomy last year, she once said that her dying wish would be for her idol(Jennifer Aniston) to play her in a movie. Meanwhile, the mother-of-one has been ticking a number of other things off her bucket list, including traveling around the world.

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So far, Jennifer Sullivan has visited more than 97 countries with her 14-year-old daughter, Danielle-Skye, in a bid to create lots of amazing memories together. Although Jennifer has seen some incredible sites, from hiking Machu Picchu to visiting the Blue Lagoons in Iceland, she says at the top of her bucket list is meeting her celebrity idol. Jennifer has never real Jennifer Aniston before.

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Ongoing Battle against Cancer
After undergoing a lumpectomy to remove the deadly cells she was given the all clear but unfortunately the disease returned last year. She says doctors are more concerned this time around because of the cancer reoccurring in the same area. Talking about her ongoing cancer battle, Jennifer said: ‘I don’t know how long I have left but I’m not going to let it stop me.

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About Breast Cancer
The breast is made up of glands called lobules that can make milk and thin tubes called ducts that carry the milk from the lobules to the nipple. Breast tissue also contains fat and connective tissue, lymph nodes, and blood vessels. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the cells of the ducts. Breast cancer can also begin in the cells of the lobules and in other tissues in the breast. Invasive breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the ducts or lobules to surrounding tissue. The breast cancer is one of the most common cancer in women. It can occur in both men and women, but it is very rare in men.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer
In its early stage, breast cancer usually has no symptoms. But as a tumor develops, you may note the following signs:

  • A lump in the breast area;
  • Nipple discharge but you are not pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • An inverted nipple or nipple turning inward from time to time;
  • Skin color or texture change in the breast area;
  • Swollen lymph glands;
  • Breast asymmetry;
  • Breast pain.

Treatment for Breast Cancer
There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk, such as changing risk factors that you can control (women, age, family history, genetics, lifestyle measures, including weight control, exercise, smoking, and moderating alcohol intake, breastfeeding, pregnancy,…) and could reduce breast cancer risk by about 30%. Breast cancer is an increasing public health problem.

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Screening Tests
Screening tests (such as yearly mammogram) purpose is to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms can develop and the cancer usually is easier to treat.

Diagnostic Tests
Diagnostic tests (such as biopsy) are given to people who are suspected of having breast cancer. These tests are used to determine whether or not breast cancer is present and, if so, whether or not it has traveled outside the breast. Diagnostic tests also are used to gather more information about the cancer to guide decisions about treatment.

Monitoring Tests
Once breast cancer is diagnosed, many tests are used during and after treatment to monitor how well therapies are working. Monitoring tests also may be used to check for any signs of recurrence.

By Dr.Santi Giulia
Elizabeth Int’l Medical Cente
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