Stillwater mayor discovers she has breast cancer while shooting public service announcement

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STILLWATER, Okla.-- It all started with a public service announcement.

Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble underwent a mammogram with brand new technology to that town's hospital.

While shooting that PSA, Noble found found she had breast cancer.

Mayor Noble serves on the board of the Stillwater Medical Center, so no one was more perfect to be the focus of a PSA encouraging women to get a mammogram using the hospital's new 3D technology.

"I feel very fortunate that I was sitting on the board, they thought of me to do this. That week I'm in there, that week I'm diagnosed," Noble said.

Mayor Noble has a positive outlook on things.

The advanced technology caught her breast cancer at the very earliest stage.

"With 3D, we're able to - with no more radiation dose, no more length of time - build a compression. It's the same flow for the patient. We can see the breast tissue in 1mm increments. We're getting 40-50 images of that breast versus one image on 2D," Dava Judd with Stillwater Medical Center said.

The 3D tomography is a pricey investment for hospitals.

Stillwater is just the third city in Oklahoma to have have the technology, along with Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Mayor Noble will begin treatment soon, but in her absence, she says it'll be business as usual at the city and in her other job as a professor at OSU.

Wednesday, she thanked the people of Stillwater for their encouragement. "This is a daunting diagnosis, and they're making it easier," Noble said.

"Women don't have to go to a physician's office and get a physician to order a mammography, you can just decide to schedule an appointment on your own," CEO Denise Webber said.

You could call it her own public service announcement: Mayor Noble sharing her story to encourage other women to make a decision that could save their lives too.

"I'm going to be okay. I'm going to be okay because of early detection," Noble said.

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