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Get Pink: 3D technology helping detect breast cancer

(KOKH)

Just as she was planning out her retirement, Moore teacher Cindy Geist was hit with the worst news of all, she had breast cancer.

The Red Oak Elementary School kindergarten teacher wasn't going to let it retire her early.

"I was bound and determined that the cancer was not going to retire me," Geist said.

Geist's cancer diagnosis was life changing, but not life stopping and like any of life's challenges this one was not an easy one.

"I was really scared, I really was...Just because it's the unknown," Geist said.

Every year Cindy would get a mammogram screening. One year, on a whim, she got a 3D mammogram. The scan detected stage two breast cancer.

"It could have made the difference in my diagnosis," Geist said.

INTEGRIS Women's Imaging Radiologist David Burger says the technology helps even the most well trained doctors.

"I was surprised there was definitely some cancers that I just couldn't see despite having a trained eye. Despite having done this for a long time there's some instances where 3d mammography really does save the patient," Burger said.

That's all the more reason to make sure you get screened.

"I think if it's offered to you absolutely you should take advantage of it," Burger said.

The future is now looking bright for Geist.

"when I see that class this year, see them around, they all want to see my hair. When it was growing I would show them, I would pick up hat, 'Look it's growing' and now when they see me 'Your hair looks good!'" Geist said.

Geist will retire at the end of the school year. She looks forward to living life on her own terms.

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