When I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), I had recently turned 38 and was tandem breastfeeding my almost two (2) year old and almost (4) year old. Breast cancer was the farthest thing from my mind when I felt the lump in my left breast and I got my very first mammogram in order to get diagnosed.
I was lucky. My primary care physician took my symptoms seriously and sent me for the necessary tests to determine what was going on, but others are not so lucky. Other women I know weren’t diagnosed for a long time because, in part, there is a belief perpetuated in a variety of circles that young women can’t get breast cancer. They are often told “you are too young to get breast cancer.”
No one is too young to get breast cancer.
Every life is sacred.