In March Angela found a lump in her right breast. It was painful and uncomfortable, not normal signs of breast cancer, especially at her age then - 26. After a while of being uncomfortable she visited her general physician who immediately sent her for a mammogram. They did see a lump and lots of fluid and recommended a biopsy. Angela doesn't have health insurance and they recommend a program administered by the Health Department - BCCCP. Breast cancer cervical cancer prevention. She had to be accepted into the program before the diagnosis and her doctor was on vacation so 2 weeks later she had the biopsy. They did the biopsy and drained part of the fluid around the lump.
The doctor fully expected it to be noncancerous due to her age. Unfortunately, it wasn't.
Angela is now under the care of the physicians at Leo Jenkins Cancer Center at ECU. In fact the exact physicians that attended to her grandmother. She has had CT and bone scans, ECO, 2 biopsies, shots, blood work and more doctors appointments that most of us have in a couple of years and we're just starting.