Breast Cancer Awareness

This October, KHON2 observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month by reminding you to get regular mammograms, especially if you are at high risk.

This is the machine that found Pamela’s breast cancer early enough for her to get effective treatment.

Be diligent and stay healthy.

About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Many doctors believe getting a mammogram is the most effective way to screen for breast cancer, and they recommend women get a mammogram every year beginning at the age of 40.

Early detection from these screenings is the most important strategy to prevent breast cancer deaths.

Please, join us in the fight against cancer.

Tracy Buscher and Kristen Polenz from Adventist Health Castle tell us what we can expect during a mammogram screening, what the mammogram shows, etc.

Dr. Jacqueline Lee  shares with us the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and explains the importance of self-breast exams and regular mammogram screenings.


Drew Santos of Admor HVAC and Fujitsu Air Conditioning presented a check for $60,000 to the UH Cancer Center as a donation for cancer research. The money was raised from his annual golf tournament called Cooling Cancer. In 4 years, Santos has donated $210,000 toward research.


The Cancer Center of Hawaii is the only free standing radiation cancer treatment center in the islands. Now they’ve opened a new location at Pali Momi Medical Center in Aiea.

Operations Medical Director, Laeton Pang, joins us to talk about the Cancer Center of Hawaii and how they’re expanding.

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With improved detection and treatments, more breast cancer patients are surviving.  The idea of survivorship is to empower survivors and their friends and family to lead happy and healthy lives beyond their diagnosis. The 3 main components are: 1. Manage side effects, 2. Encourage healthy behaviors, and 3. Coordinate medical care. Susie Chen, a radiation oncologist at the Cancer Center of Hawaii, explains.


Clinical Trials are an important step in discovering new treatments for cancers and other diseases.  In today’s Living Healthy segment, Dr. Richard Lee, Radiation Oncologist at the Cancer Center of Hawaii, explains the impact these trials have on patients and how you can get involved.

Leanne Kirk owns Luxe Style and Grooming Bar in Kakaako. She is a trained aesthetician, a former model and a cancer survivor.

Leanne knows first-hand how fighting cancer can take a toll on a womans appearance so she is using her talents as a beauty expert to help others cope with the losses they experience during cancer treatment.

Luxe Style and Grooming Bar specializes in eyelash extension and eyebrow microblading.  She provides these services for free whenever she can to help women undergoing treatment.

Studies show that regular exercise and eating fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of getting breast cancer. Studies also show that women who drink two to three alcoholic drinks per day have a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer than non-drinkers.

Just two hours of exercise a day for five days a week could reduce your risk by more than 18-percent. The American Cancer Society actually recommends a combination of moderate and vigorous activity for about 3 and a half hours each week.

This disease has affected many of our loved ones, so please, join us at KHON2, in the fight against cancer.

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