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A gold medal-winning Olympian, who survived cancer, shared her story with local high school students on Wednesday.
Gymnast Shannon Miller spoke in front of hundreds of kids at Monroe-Woodbury High School, and said ovarian cancer is not typically discussed in schools, yet it's one of the most common cancers among women.
Miller was diagnosed in 2011 at the age of 34 and has been cancer free for six years.
The seven-time medalist said the sense of teamwork and perseverance that she learned as an athlete helped her through her darkest moments. “These girls understand what it takes to be part of a team as an athlete, and I did as well, but then when I got into real life I didn't utilize the idea of teamwork as much. Until I got diagnosed, and then you start to think about a whole different team, a lot of medical staff on that team,” said Miller.
Miller said regular screenings are the best way to prevent and detect cancer.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.