Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill discusses breast cancer

(WIAT) — She’s known for her many victories on the ice, but now she’s hoping for major victories outside the ice rink.

Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill was first treated for breast cancer in 2008. Now, she’s part of a new breast cancer campaign to help survivors.

“I was diagnosed about 8 years ago with breast cancer, the most common form which is hormone receptor positive and I had surgery and radiation. Last June, when I went to see my oncologist, he said, ‘well you know we’re recommending women stay on them for another five years,’ and I thought well maybe I just wanna have a better quality of life and I wanna go off the meds. But then I found there’s a test than can be done to help me determine with my doctor whether I should stay on them another five years, which I would if I had to, but this test allowed me to find that it wouldn’t benefit me to stay on them. So we started a campaign. It’s BeWiserAboutBreastCancer.org, and I encourage women to go to the website and check it out, because this test is very easy. You don’t have to do anything. They just send the tissue to the lab and it’s more of an education for women to be able to participate in their own discussion with their doctor to see if the treatment that they’re recommending maybe different than what they actually do,” said Hamill.

If you would like more information, check out their website. Every time there’s a hit on the website, a dollar is contributed to breastcancer.org.

Also, talk to your doctor if you have any questions about testing for breast cancer and treatments.

Copyright 2016 WIAT CBS 42

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