SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Brooke Kyle is a gynecologist at Women’s Care in Springfield.
“We can prevent breast cancer, which is such a remarkable thing to do in this day in age,” she says. “We can prevent you from getting chemotherapy, radiation.”
She’s shown hundreds of women how to look for breast cancer.
“Use some soap and you're going to make small circles all the way around,” she says.
Using your own two hands to feel for lumps starting at the size of a pea.
“I have more women come in that say that, I'm feeling something weird, can you check it out and it turns out to be benign I would say 80 to 90 percent of the time that happens, but 10 to 20 percent of the time the patient actually found her cancer herself,” she says.
And of those 10 to 20 percent range was someone very close to Dr. Kyle.
“My little sister, Piper, she’s 38-years-old and she does her breast exams,” she says. “We've always talked in my family about doing breast exams, that's what happens when you're the sister of an OBGYN.”
With no family history of breast cancer and being younger than the recommended age of 40 for mammograms, her sister found a lump through a self-breast exam.
“She had a mammogram that next week and sure enough, and a biopsy, and sure enough it was breast cancer,” she says. “If she had waited until 40 to do her mammograms then she would've been stage three or stage four.”
The next step was chemotherapy and radiation for Piper, but having caught the stage one cancer early, the future was looking up.
“On Monday, she is having her breast reconstruction, and so I get to go there and be with her which is going to be great,” she says.