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Breast cancer can leave your body, linger in your heart

Editor’s note: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Chicago Sun-Times invited breast cancer survivors to share their stories. We kick off this series with Mary Mitchell’s story, and we’ll share others throughout the month at suntimes.com.

Chances are if you are a woman, one day you will wear a pink ribbon.

You won’t wear it because pink is still your favorite color.

You will wear it because you’ve joined one of the largest sisterhoods in the U.S.

Last year, an estimated 232,340 women in the U.S. were told they had invasive breast cancer, and another 64,640 women were told they had non-invasive breast cancer.

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