August 27, 2021
WEDNESDAY, August 25, 2021 (Verywell Health)—To most people, I don’t look like a typical person who gets diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer—but it happened to me.
It all started with a pain in my chest. I immediately went to get it checked out by the breast specialists at SUNY Downstate Hospital in Brooklyn, where I had been treated six years prior for an issue with my right nipple. At that point in time, it was only a benign tumor, which I had removed, but I was cautioned to keep an eye out for any other issues, as cancer was a possibility.
It turned out that the pain I was experiencing years later was, in fact, breast cancer, and I was diagnosed by the same specialists who had helped me remove my tumor years before.
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