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Eye on Health: Skipping regular checkup is breast cancer survivor’s biggest regret

Lori Denman is a wife, mother, grandmother and a breast cancer survivor.

She knew both her grandmothers had developed breast cancer in their 80s and tragically passed away. So when the 60-year-old learned of her diagnosis, she was caught off guard.

And she immediately regretted the decision she had made to skip a checkup during a lapse of insurance.

“I wish whether I had insurance or not I had gone in, because then it would have been a simple procedure and not a big surgery,” she said about missing that checkup and shrugging off symptoms.

Dr. Omer Toor and his Beacon Medical Group oncology team cared for Denman, who went through eight rounds of chemotherapy and a year of immunotherapy. After her mastectomy, she opted for reconstructive surgery with Beacon plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Adam Hauch.

“Lori’s an inspiration for women in our community,” Dr. Toor said. “A cancer diagnosis is tough. It changes your life. You need a good team beside you.”

Hear much more from Lori Denman and Dr. Toor and Dr. Hauch in this month’s WSBT Eye on Health.



At Beacon, our experts help you live your best life by working with you and your family to provide the best cancer care available, close to home. From day one, we’ll connect you with a highly specialized, integrated network for your screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship needs.

About Heidi Prescott

Passionate about writing her whole life, Heidi Prescott joined Beacon Health System in 2015 and currently serves as Senior Media Relations Strategist. A former newspaper journalist who has experience in TV, radio, magazines and social media, Heidi loves storytelling, photography and spending time in nature.