During the targeted ages of 25-40, many women miss the opportunity to detect breast cancer early. Since Keesha's diagnosis, we have heard many personal stories from her friends - and from others who have heard her story.
Some talk about their "bad experience" at an early gynecology appointment that made them shy-away from future visits. Some talk about how they were "not sexually active" so they did not see the need for a gynecology visit. Several shared that they believed that breast cancer is something that "older women" have - so there is no need for a visit. Others talked about how they were "confused about how to do a self-exam."
All of these are valid personal stories - and Keesha shared some of these as her reasons too. But she also admonished her friends to please become educated and start following a plan of personal exams and annual clinical exams.
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