Cindy Hix Droll wasn’t surprised when she got her diagnosis of breast cancer five years ago this coming month, but she was frightened just the same.
She wasn’t surprised because her mother, her grandmother and her aunt had already received the same diagnosis in preceding years.
“I knew my day was coming, I just didn’t expect it to come at age 46,” she said. “Most people say ‘why me,’ but for me it was ‘why not me.’”
She had been undergoing regular mammograms since age 29 because of her family history and had undergone several tests on cysts in her right breast. But this time, when she found a small knot on the same breast, it felt different.
Cindy Droll (L) is pictured in her regular place as a dental hygienist in Dr. Robert Hooper’s office. Next to her is “patient” Shannon Allen, who also works for Dr. Hooper. Droll, herself a cancer survivor, and Allen, also have family members who have had breast cancer. Margie Richards/staff
‘A familiar diagnosis’: Cindy Droll is the third generation in her family to be diagnosed with breast cancer
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