With Breast Cancer Discovered at Age 26, a Young Woman Confronts Her Mortality
by Kathryn Petrides, The Washington Post, 13 May 2013
It was on the weekend of my 25th birthday that my boyfriend alerted me to a lump in my left breast. At first dismissive of his concern, I eventually promised to see my gynecologist. I was due for my annual exam anyway.
About three weeks later, I walked away from the doctor visit confident and reassured. My gynecologist conducted a breast exam, made note of the lump’s size and sent me on my way. She didn’t order a mammogram or an ultrasound or suggest a follow-up appointment.
“She said considering my age and family history, it’s probably just a cyst or a fibro-something and to keep an eye on it,” I reported back to my boyfriend.