"I want screenings to be done for women in their 30s.”
After months of not feeling well, I was finally diagnosed on June 1, 2018. I don't have any family history, and genetic testing was also negative. I didn't have any of the common risk factors and never imagined I would ever hear the words my doctor said when finding out my biopsy results: metastatic breast cancer.
Having triple negative breast cancer, it's one of the most aggressive and fastest-spreading types to have. Luckily, it has only spread to localized lymph nodes in my arm and chest (and possibly another small area in my abdomen). Women are not routinely screened for this via mammograms until we are 40. I want screenings to be done for women in their 30s. So many women I know have breast cancer that are less than 40.
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“Mr. Marcus, you have kidney, lung, and brain cancer. Stage 4. We are going to monitor you for the next 24 hours but there is not much we can do for you here. You need to go home and start making arrangements. At most, you have two years to live.”
I had a red circle on the right side of my breast, and I had lost twenty pounds despite the fact that I was not on a diet. When I went to the doctor their tests couldn’t find anything wrong, so I told them to check out this red spot.
My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). He had a total left nephrectomy on our 35th wedding Anniversary on Sept. 10, 2012. At that time there was no treatment that was available.