Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Breast Cancer Diagnosis Could Save Lives, Tampa Doctor Says
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – For Florida Governor Ron Desantis, the Tallahassee Monday morning announcement was deeply personal and incredibly difficult.
The governor broke the astonishing news that his young wife and mother of three is suffering from breast cancer, a woman he describes as the “centerpiece” of their family, facing “the most difficult ordeal ” of his life.
Governor DeSantis has issued the following statement regarding his wife’s diagnosis.
“I am saddened to announce that the esteemed First Lady of Florida and my beloved wife have been diagnosed with breast cancer. As a mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady. As she faces the most difficult ordeal of her life, she will not only have my unwavering support, but also the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and wishes of Floridians across our state. Casey is a real fighter, and she will never, never, ever give up, ”said the governor.
The first lady receives treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
Dr Brian Czerniecki has spent his life caring for breast cancer patients. As Director of the Department of Breast Oncology at Moffitt, he is incredibly passionate about saving lives and knows firsthand what it’s like to tell young mothers that they have breast cancer. .
It’s a diagnosis, he says, that changes everything.
“It’s very traumatic for young mothers who are diagnosed with it. Fortunately, people need to be assured that they are going to live a long life, ”he told 8 On Your Side. “You begin to realize that life is fragile and that resets your priorities.”
For young mothers in particular, their first concern is their children, says Dr Czerniecki.
The longtime oncologist understands how well breast cancer is detected and diagnosed.
“Usually the first thing that worries young mothers is whether I’m going to live to see my kids finish high school, go to their first dance, or drive their car. It’s very traumatic for young mothers, ”he explained.
In the midst of grief, however, there is hope.
Dr Czerniecki says he is incredibly optimistic about the future and is quick to point out important and promising advances in cancer treatment.
It all starts, he says, with early detection, including mammograms and self-exams.
“Women should rest because it’s better when you catch this early, your chances of having a good result are much better,” he says.
Data from the CDC shows that 131,409 Florida women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. The rate of 438 per 100,000 is nearly four times the national rate of 127 cases.
Governor DeSantis and his wife married in 2010 and have three children, Madison, 4, Mason, 3, and Mamie, 18 months.