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23-year-old woman determined to fight breast cancer

While all women worry about breast cancer, those in their twenties are undoubtedly less at risk. In fact, experts believe that the average age of diagnosis is between 55 to 65 years old.

One Illinois woman got the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with the disease - when she was just 23 years old. According to the Register-Mail, Michaela Dermanelian was given the news just two months ago, and has since undergone eight chemotherapy sessions.

Dermanelian has lost most of her hair and will most likely undergo a double mastectomy soon. Still, the vivacious woman - who traveled the world playing semi-professional softball before her health was compromised - is staying strong.

"If it comes down to not having cancer and not having my breasts, I want to not have cancer," she said.

The National Cancer Institute reports that the odds of a woman in her twenties being diagnosed with breast cancer is just one in 2,000. Regardless, Dermanelian doesn't hesitate to let her positive emotions shine through.

"I would say your confidence plays 80 percent of your fight," she told the news source. "I'm such a stronger person because of it."ADNFCR-2795-ID-19800023-ADNFCR
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