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a portrait of yen wearing a blue shirt smiling

After Yen Lam, 44, was sent for a biopsy on her left breast following a suspicious mammogram and ultrasound, she didn’t have much time to worry about it. She was busy traveling for work in the days that followed.

portrait of uma iyengar

About two years ago, Uma and her husband, Mukund, temporarily relocated from Chicago to New York City to be close to “the babies,” as she affectionately calls her grandchildren. Her son Dr.

Portrait of BCRF researcher Dr. Neil Iyengar

As a teenager and an athlete, Dr. Neil Iyengar was fascinated by nutrition and exercise, developing his own personalized regimens. Later, as an undergrad and a medical student, Dr.

Portrait of Sarah and her daughter

About a month after Sarah Reinold turned 28, she noticed her left breast was swollen and a little tender. Thinking she was experiencing a hormonal change, she decided to keep an eye on it. Two weeks later, she felt a painful, pea-sized lump under her left armpit and called her doctor.

Portrait of Alicia and her daughter smiling

A month before her 40th birthday, Alicia Therien went in for her yearly gynecologic exam, thinking she’d start getting an annual mammogram. She’d had one two years prior after feeling several lumps in her breasts following her son’s birth.

Portrait of Melissa with the words Research is the Reason on the image

At just 32 years old—six weeks after giving birth to her daughter, Poppy—Melissa Thompson was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer.

John Keatley photographs Melissa Thompson and her daughter, Poppy, via FaceTime

Each year, BCRF features stories from real people impacted by breast cancer as part of our annual storytelling initiative, Research Is the Reason.

Portrait of Gladys Bettis, mom of Jerome Bettis, photographed via Facetime

Six years ago, when Gladys Bettis found out the lump in her right breast was malignant, her first thought was: I can’t tell my children.

Portrait of Jerome Bettis, photographed on FaceTime

From his high school stadium to the 2006 Super Bowl championship, one person has been in the stands for every single football game Jerome Bettis has played: his mom, Gladys.

Portrait of Mandy Gonzalez

At an annual exam last spring, Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In The Heights) was asked a question many women have heard: Now that she was in her 40s, would she like to start getting annual mammograms?