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A week before my 49th birthday I found a small lump during my monthly breast check. Luckily I did my checks regularly because it turned out to be a very aggressive breast cancer - triple negative. My surgeon told me that it definitely had not been there a month before and that if I hadn't found it, my chances of a good outcome would have been doubtful. Four years later, after a lumpectomy, 18 weeks of chemo and six weeks of radiation, I am still alive and kicking. I still do my monthly checks and urge all the women in my life to do the same.

Lianne Friedman
Montgomery Village, MD

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