Teen breast cancer survivor set to save lives

Fighting breast cancer starts with early detection. We know that. But how early is early enough?

TWINSBURG, Ohio -- Fighting breast cancer starts with early detection. We know that.

But how early is early enough?

How about when a breast cancer diagnosis comes before you're old enough to drive a car. That's the story of Arshawna Warren, a serious Girl Scout since she was 4-years-old.

Conquered camping, cooking and first aid.

But it was a lesson that earned her no badge that saved Arshawna's life at just 16-years-old.

It came from her scout leader, who happens to be her mom.

Doctors had diagnosed Paula Warren with breast cancer.

"She taught me its very important to be aware of my body, to check regularly," Arshawna said of her mom.

"I was just doing a regular check like she taught me to do every other week and I felt something kinda like a rock in my breast. It took until after the surgery to find out I had breast cancer. It was probably the scariest thing I've ever gone through in my life," Arshawna confessed.

She went from scared about her own life to saving the lives of others.

"I figured why not put a workshop on for young people about young people getting breast cancer or any type of cancer," Arshawna said. "It's not too early to start checking."

So she started Be Pretty in Pink and designed her own pamphlet for teens.

This dynamo who turned her diagnoses into a solid campaign for "early, early" detection, said "no excuses."

"It takes two seconds to check. You go around, you go around and you're done. If you have time to work out, you have time to check," she said with a smile.

That kind of take charge, life saving, leadership landed her the Girls Scouts highest honor, the Gold Award.

Self examination is a part of her regular routine for life now and The American Cancer society is saving lives now too with the pamphlets and program this young survivor designed.

Arshawna said, "They said they have been putting on workshops and I've also been asked to speak at different events so the message is still getting out there."

Which is why Channel 3 News is filing this story of this young, talented, smart, beautiful inside and out cancer free teen headed to college in the fall, straight to the"Good Stuff" file.


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