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'I'm A Surgeon Who Had Breast Cancer—This is What You Should Know About Treatment'

As a breast cancer and reconstruction surgeon, I work with patients facing breast cancer diagnoses every day. But when I received my own breast cancer diagnosis in 2017 at the age of 37, I was completely and utterly shocked. Nothing can prepare you for battling the disease firsthand.

I discovered a lump in my right breast during a routine self-exam. Initially I thought it was something benign like a cyst, since I had no family history of breast cancer.

But when it hadn't gone away after a couple weeks, I had a biopsy of the mass. I was speechless when the pathologist called and told me that it was invasive cancer.

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