BANGOR (NEWS CENTER Maine) --

According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year relative survival rate for women with stage-zero or stage-one breast cancer is close to 100%.

By contrast, the five-year relative survival rate for women with stage-five breast cancer, which has spread to other parts of the body, is about 22%.

That’s why regular screenings and early detection are so important. In this Buddy to Buddy report, survivor Marion McMahon explains why she views the early detection of her breast cancer as a gift.