Breast cancer diagnosis at a young age
Nov 10, 2011
When many think of cancer, they might imagine people getting diagnosed later in life, but that was not the case for Sylvia Soo. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at 25 years old, according to The Canadian Press.
Soo started to chronicle her life with her diagnosis on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, so that her family and friends could keep up with what was going on. Her last treatment was in 2009 - she had a mastectomy, breast reconstructive surgery, and now has a new outlook on life, according to the media outlet.
"I guess, in a way, [I've gained] an acceptance of the different stages of my life in terms of a new normal," Soo told the news source. "Being able to look at myself in the mirror and accept what I see at any given time - whether that be after my mastectomy, after my reconstruction - and just finding beauty in it."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.