TUCSON, Ariz. – In Arizona alone this year, 5 700 women with breast cancer are estimated and 850 will die…
TUCSON, Ariz. – In Arizona alone this year, 5 700 women with breast cancer are estimated and 850 will die from the disease. Breast cancer is the main cause of cancer death in women, just behind lung cancer.
Liliana Ahumada is a breast cancer survivor who can not emphasize the importance of early detection enough.
At only 33 years old Mom to two, a wife, Ahumada felt a lump on her left breast.
“When I first knew that, I was not so worried that I had always been dense. I always had lumps on both sides. But then I realized it was different because it was not on the other side, Ahumada said. 19659002] She went in for a check-up. The day of her daughters 1
1th birthday, she received the call.
“It was difficult. My children ran into my mind. They were so young and she was only 11 and I had a 7 year old then Ahumada said.
No family history of breast cancer, Ahumada was diagnosed with phase 2, level 3 invasive ductal carcinoma. Less than 5 percent of all breast cancer diagnosed in the United States occurs in women under 40 years of age.
Ahumada was undergoing a double mastectomy and 18 weeks of chemo.
“I’m very lucky I had a good support group – my mom, my sisters, my husband, my job and my children. But I became reclusive, did not want to go anywhere,” Ahumada said.
Ahumada is now a year ago diagnosed with Ahmedas cancer-free and has a new perspective on life.
“Cancer has opened my eyes to the new perspective. I do not take things for granted anymore,” said Ahumada. “I look at things differently. Before I used to let things go by – fast jobs and now I take time for the family, the children and myself”.