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Healthbeat 4: Young breast cancer survivors share their history and perspective on the whirlwind

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the United States will be…

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

The average median age of women diagnosed with breast cancer is 62. [19659002] And while breast cancer in young women is rare, now more than 250,000 women live in the United States for 40 years.

This is where Melissa Jensen’s story begins.

It was Labor Day Weekend in 2017 when Jensen’s life took a step from the beaten path when she found a lump in her chest.

“I knew I had a doctor’s visit at the end of the month with my doctor,” says Melissa Jensen, Breast Cancer Survivor. “And I got him to take a look at it and he’s so good it can go, we can monitor it and return it in four weeks. I said I’ve already had it four weeks, I would like to be referred to another doctor. “

Jensen received a mammogram next week.

“The radiologist reviewed it and was quite sure that it could return to cancer, but we must confirm it with a biopsy,” said Jensen.

Since October 1

1, 2017, the 38-year-old daughter, mother and mother, were diagnosed with two with breast cancer

“It was stage two and aggressive.”

And then the whirlwind tour began.

“You have a MRI done and then the genetic testing and then I have to put a port so that we could start chemo treatment because I chose to do chemo before surgery and some target therapy that successfully reduced it, which was nice. “

But because Jensen had more cancer spots together with the lump she went from getting a lumpectomy to a complete mastectomy.

“It was difficult,” said Jensen, “you know I believed a lumpy ectomy. I will not go through many things, no one will know and so when it turned out to be more than it would be full blown to know when your hair begins to fall out. “

In February, Jensen had her mastectomy and started her breast construction at the same time. which she ended in July.

Jensen is now fast until one year after her diagnosis, and has a new haircut.

“I’m getting tired of how much gray comes back,” said Jensen. [19659002] She has five rounds of target therapy every three weeks left, but looks forward to the future.

“I want to be famous for my achievements and such,” said Jensen. “And this is just something that has happened to me.”

Jensen hopes to encourage those affected by cancer to be positive.

She adds that she is grateful to all who helped her and her family during the past year.

Jensen had no family history of breast cancer and since she was under 40, was not in the age of starting to become regular mammogram.

She says she lives today because she performed regular self-study.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, women of all ages should perform breast examinations at le astma once a month.

Experts say that you do regular tutorials to help you know how your breasts feel so that you can warn your healthcare staff if there are any changes.

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