My life has been surround by this disease for the past 20 years. In 1997, my brother was diagnosed with rare type of cancer called renal medullary carcinoma. He passed away at 35 years old, leaving behind a wife and two sons ages 3 and 5. They will never know how wonderful their father was. To this day, there is no cure for this cancer.
Fast forward to 2010, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. My sister and I took care of her until she passed in 2012.
Five months after my mother’s passing, I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer, the most aggressive breast cancer subtype. It has a higher mortality rate than other subtypes and does not have a targeted therapy to prevent recurrence. I was lucky I was detected early.
I am a three year survivor, with many more years to come.
As cancer patients /survivors, we have faced our fair share of challenges – ultimately coming through them as stronger people. This year, the Data Science community has a new challenge. It has set its sights on creating tools that will detect lung cancer in the early stages. Detecting cancer early whether it be lung, prostate, breast, or throat can ultimately save a life.
Join us in the fight against cancer. Use your technical and functional skills to fight cancer. Form a team and use your technical knowledge to leave an imprint in your fight to end cancer. Please consider supporting the Data Science community as it sets out on its journey to finding a cure.
—Written by Wanda Gardiner