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Pink Out Loud

Rosanne Ullman | October 19, 2015 | 7:24 AM

Kristin Firrell, vice president of product development at Paul Mitchell, is sharing the story of her personal breast cancer journey as part of her company’s “Pink Out Loud” campaign during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Paul Mitchell partners with Bright Pink, an organization that promotes awareness of ovarian and breast cancer issues particularly for younger women.


Kristin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and then again in 2014, when she chose to have a mastectomy. She offers this advice to all women: “Know your body and know it all the time. Constantly check your body against what you know to be normal and be empowered to speak up with something isn’t right.  Be religious about scheduling mammograms and other recommended screening procedures. Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that is available to you to Assess Your Risk for developing breast and/or ovarian cancer. Know your family history and whether you have the gene that may lead to a cancer diagnosis, so that you can maintain your good health rather than battle poor health. There is great medical technology available so ask questions, seek multiple opinions and choose to see highly rated doctors....Love yourself, be grateful for your gifts and surround yourself with positive, caring people.”


To read Kristin’s full story, go to






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