Local woman becomes advocate after battling breast cancer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Allison Maxwell had a family history of breast cancer, which is why she was always diligent about doing her regular self-exams in the shower.

Then one day she found something she wasn't expecting and a doctor diagnosed her, at the age of 26, with breast cancer.

Early detection saved her life and now she's working with other young women to encourage them to do the same.

Maxwell works for Proctor and Gamble and is active in that company's education efforts.  She's encouraging women to do their self-exams and create a breast cancer early detection plan.

For more information about the combined P&G and National Breast Cancer Foundation fifth annual GIVE Hope program and its "Do It For the Girls!" campaign, click here.

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