I caught this story on ABC Good Morning America Tuesday while sitting with my mother. Life is often tough, isn’t it and Hannah Powell-Auslam, 10 years old, is finding that out early.
It is estimated that at least 180,000 women will be told by their doctors this year that they have breast cancer. Most of these women are over 30 years old. As Hannah’s mother Carrie Auslam told reports from KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. "Ten-year-olds don't get breast cancer."
So now 10 year old Hannah has to face a disease which woman 4 times her age find difficult to face. It is a time when she should simply have to worry about which clothes to wear and what music to listen to and which movie to see.
The family has a Web site documenting Hannah's fight against her cancer. She has undergone her breast surgery. It is most likely that she will have to have chemotherapy. I wish her well.
Breast Self Exam (BSE) (October 2008)
Mammograms (October 2008)
Breast Cancer Screen in Childhood Cancer Survivors – An Article Review (February 2009)
Indications for Breast MRI – an Article Review (March 2009)