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Perspective Podcast - September 24, 2014

In this special edition of Perspective...

"Loving Your Cancer Away"
Breast cancer affects one in eight  American women. That means if you stand in a room with eight of your friends, loved ones or acquaintances, co-workers who are women - one of them will have cancer at some point in her lifetime.  Jillian Veran Rezo was one of those eight.  She is not only a dear patient of mine, but she's a survivor - and what we like to call here at ABC - a cancer "thriver":

Breast Cancer & Pregnancy
Breast cancer can be tough enough to deal with on its own. What happens if you are diagnosed and your future dreams include having a baby?  Does that mean you cannot conceive?   The short answer is no as we hear from one new mom - and breast cancer survivor - who held off on chemo - so she could harvest her eggs.  ABC's Cheri Preston tells us more:

Early Detection Skin Device
Technology has been a huge help when it comes to detecting breast cancer early. More than 38-million mammograms are performed each year in the U.S, and they have been helping - the death rate from breast cancer is down 34 percent since 1990. Here's ABC's Aaron Katersky with a look at one device that could fine-tune doctor's efforts to snuff out breast cancer early on:

Breast Cancer Journey App
When you get breast cancer, it can mean a ton of hospital visits - and a lot of paperwork, adding to the stress of being sick. But there's a new app that promises to be the helping hand throughout this entire process. ABC's Jim Ryan explains:

Men & Breast Cancer

All month long, we're going Pink here at ABC News to raise awareness about breast cancer and to highlight the stories of those who have risen above it all. But let's not forget about the men. Over two-thousand men every year are diagnosed with this disease, not to mention the guys supporting their mothers, sisters and spouses who are diagnosed. One former rock star recently got the shock of his life at the doctor's...ABC's Scott Goldberg has his story:

The "Angelina Effect"
Angelina Jolie made headlines last year when she revealed her plans to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after she found out that  she carries the BRCA gene, which puts a person at  higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Well, that's had a ripple effect - researchers found that in the six months following her announcement, testing for the gene has doubled. ABC's Karen Chase has the story:

Country Music Stars & Cancer
There's also a duo of country music stars pitching in in the fight against breast cancer. Amy Grant and Kellie Pickler have both had people close to them touched by the disease, and they have not stood still. ABC's Daria Albinger explains:

Amy Robach's Journey

Finally, a story about one of our own here at ABC. Good Morning America co-anchor and my friend Amy Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer last year after undergoing a mammogram on live TV. It was a bold step that changed her life, but she hasn't missed a beat. She spent the last year spreading the word and helping others and is telling us why she's a true "thriver:"

Host:  Dr. Jennifer Ashton
Producer:  Cristi Landes & David Rind

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