breast cancer symptoms treatment. Sixty five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, one woman is still winning the fight against New Zealand's most deadly disease.
Ruth Scrimgeour is believed to be New Zealand's oldest living breast cancer survivor.
"I felt a lump and I knew at once what it was," she told ONE News.
Sixty five years ago there was no chemotherapy or radiation therapy and no breast reconstruction available.
She was forced to have a mastectomy.
While 650 women die each year from the disease, the chances of living longer after diagnosis are improving.
Sixty years ago, just under half of women with breast cancer were still alive after five years. Now, 86% survive.
Breast Cancer Foundation's annual pink ribbon appeal kicked off today. They are hoping to raise over $700,000.