Every day, 3 to 4 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Georgia. The country has a 5 year survival rate of 18% (the US is 89%), so I thought it would be worth looking into why the numbers are so grim.
I visited a survivor had waited two years before checking the lump on her breast and thanks to immediate surgery by a truly qualified doctor, she survived. She now advocates for early screening and breast cancer awareness, and offers counseling to patients. As she told me her story, her husband poured chacha (Kakhetian moonshine), which we chased with mandarins.
“I’m an example of what women shouldn’t do,” she admitted and then lit a cigarette.
My story for Eurasinet is HERE