I first found my lump in November of 2008. Once I noticed it, I made an appointment to get it checked out. During this visit I was told that I was too young and didn’t have any family history, so this wasn’t cancer and I shouldn’t worry. The following February, I returned to the doctor and was complaining of pain in the area of the lump. The doctor proceeded to tell me that cancer didn’t hurt and to go home and not worry about it.
In June of 2009, I contacted my family doctor and told him what had been going on. He immediately wanted to see me. I went and saw him the next day and was sent straight for a mammogram and an ultrasound. I was told that I had a very suspicious lump and was referred to a surgeon. Upon seeing the surgeon, I had a biopsy and was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma.
I was 30 years old and had no family history. I decided to have a simple mastectomy. This year will be 11 years cancer free. I tell people all the time, family history has nothing to do with whether or not you will get cancer.
Thank you for allowing me to share.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.