New York woman who beat breast cancer in her 30s reveals the surprising sign of disease — that wasn’t a lump
A New York woman who beat breast cancer in her 30s has revealed the surprising sign of the disease.
Instead of the classic breast cancer flag — a lump — Megan Liscomb, 37, noticed visual changes in her breast.
She originally put these down to ‘aging’, she said in her first-person piece on Buzzfeed.
A leading health panel recently recommended the age at which women are regularly screened for breast cancer should be cut from 50 to 40.
But Ms Liscomb said those screenings are too late for younger cancer patients like herself — which is why it’s vital everyone knows the signs to watch out for.
Fortunately, Ms Liscomb’s cancer was curable and she is currently cancer-free
She said her right breast ‘started to sag while old lefty still sat up high where it always did’, but she thought it was just part of getting older.
When she removed her bra one day, she realized her left breast was folded in half inside the cup, with the nipple ‘sunken in the middle.’
Upon self-examining, she saw that her left breast had a bulge on one side, and when she raised her arm, dents in the breast appeared.
The first doctor she saw felt her breasts and told her it was normal.
She said: ‘He was very reassuring but also kinda patronizing, and I left the appointment feeling embarrassed for getting worked up over “nothing.”‘
A few months later, she went to see a second doctor, who instantly sent her for an ultrasound and mammogram.
‘The ultrasound tech looked at me like I was a ghost and offered me a same-day biopsy, and I knew in that moment that things were serious,’ she said.
Roughly a week later, she received a call to say she had stage two invasive lobular carcinoma.
This is the second-most-common form of breast cancer but only accounts for about 10 percent of cases.
Fortunately, Ms Liscomb’s cancer was curable and she is currently cancer-free.
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