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I have had breast cancer 4 times. I had invasive ductal carcinoma each time and had negative nodes on the 2 occasions when my nodes were completely removed. I was first diagnosed at 29 and had a left breast lumpectomy and radiation. On my 5 year check-up at 34, it was back in the same place and I had a masectomy and chemo. At 36, the mammogram found a tiny cancer, too small to feel, and this led to a right breast lumpectomy and radiation. 15 years passed, and a mammogram found another small cancer in another portion of my right breast. I had a masectomy July 22,2011 with a back flap reconstruction (same type of reconstruction as on the left side). The surgeons found a suspicious piece under the lumpectomy scar and it has been sent to the lab to see if it is cancerous. I won't know about chemo until I get my pathology report next week. I am triple negative. My mother and her sister also had both breast and ovarian cancer and my Mom had colon cancer as well. Both died young at 61 and 52 respectively. I had genetic testing years ago but didn't have the common BRACA 1 or2 mutations. There was some bizarre coding in one of these genes, what they called a genetic variation of unknown significance. I am following up with the agency to see if this is one of the "missence" variants that have now been linked to genetic based cancers.

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Sharon Greene


Surrey, BC, Canada, Canada


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