Reporter Kristen Hampton records follow-up mammogram

Mammograms help save lives

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Last year I decided to have a mammogram and record it. I wanted to show people that the procedure isn't as bad as some people make it out to be.

In 2013, my friend Angela Webb passed away from a brutal form of breast cancer that spread to her brain. She never had a mammogram because she was scared it might hurt.

My results in 2015 were shocking. I went in expecting to turn a simple story and hopefully push women to get their own tests. My mammogram found a high risk breast lesion called a "radial scar."

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At 35-years-old, I had a lumpectomy and a new perspective on just why breast exams are so important.

This year, just last week in fact, I had my follow-up mammogram and it came back completely clean. Dr. Deborah Agisim with Charlotte Radiology delivered the great news.

I recorded this one too. I told my boss I'd like to put my mammograms on TV every single year in the hopes that each time, more women will be encouraged to get their own.

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This year, I'm even more committed to helping in my friend Angela's memory - and you can help too!

Thursday night, September 29, NoDa Brewing and Charlotte Radiology are hosting Pink Pint Night. So far they've raised more than $20,000 to help uninsured women have access to life-saving mammograms through Project Pink.

Admission is free, the beer is pink.

The event is Thursday night from 4 to 8:30 p.m. For more information you can click here.

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