At just 23 years of age, newly-married Katie Poole had no family history of cancer or any reason to be concerned about her health — so it came as a rude shock when she learned that she had stage 2 breast cancer.
The cancer, a rare type called mucinous carcinoma, is typically found in women between the ages of 60 and 70, and it makes up about 2 to 3 percent of all cancer cases.
Katie never performed self-exams, since she had no family history and was not concerned about breast cancer, and she was lucky that she and her husband found the lump on their own. A week later, she got the official diagnosis from her doctor.
The couple had been planning on going on a late honeymoon in January, but the vacation had to be canceled so Katie could undergo treatment.
Wise from her experience, Katie wants all women to perform regular self exams to stay safe. Watch the video to see what she has to say about the importance of self exams.
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