Frances Reynolds has beat breast cancer twice. She's a survivor who knows the importance of early detection and shares her story with her friends and family.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX)-- Frances Reynolds has beat breast cancer twice.

Along with her friends and family, she has organized two events in two years that have raised thousands of dollars for South Carolina Oncology Associates.

She understands the importance of early detection and encourages all of her friends and family to perform their monthly self breast exams.

Reynolds was initially diagnosed with the disease in 2005.

She was 45 years old and it was picked up by a mammogram.

Seven years later, a large and very painful lump was diagnosed as breast cancer again.

At that time, she knew that a double mastectomy was the best option for her.

Reynolds was not aware of her family history of breast cancer until her initial diagnosis.

She is the mother, of one daughter and opted to have the genetic testing.

Fortunately, her testing did not reveal that she carried the breast cancer gene.

Her concern extends far past her immediate family

"I've had some friends say I'm 6 months late on my mammogram and I'm like no ma'am I will drive you to get your mammogram if I have to!" Reynolds, says.

It's an offer she extends with a smile because she knows twice as well as most why early detection is the key to saving lives.

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