Let’s talk about the breast cancer exceptions. Breast cancer isn’t a middle-aged white women’s disease. It happens at any age, to people of every ethnicity. Men get breast cancer, too. But among the averages and statistics, finding the facts you need for your personal journey can feel impossible when you don’t fit the stereotype.
Why is this important?
Different groups face different risk factors. Even though white women are more likely to develop breast cancer, affected women under the age of 45 are more likely to be African-American. African-American women are also more at risk for the rare “triple negative” form of breast cancer. For men, breast cancer is usually detected at an older age and often more advanced at time of diagnosis.
What if you’re the exception to the breast cancer stereotype?
Please know that you are not alone. Your voice and your health matter. Don’t be afraid to ask how your journey might be different. Browse these articles to help you start this journey.