This year alone, 1 in 7 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by their 85th birthday.1 With breast cancer most commonly diagnosed in women aged 70 to 74-years-old, for young women, a breast cancer diagnosis can come as a shock. Townsville local Elyce Mitchell was just 32-years-old and trying for her second child when she received the diagnosis no young woman expects to hear.
“I have a beautiful little girl Millie who turns two in September. We were starting to think about baby number two in August last year when I found a ropey area in my left breast. After I finished breast feeding, I noticed discharge coming from my breast.”
Elyce went to the doctor straight away and after receiving scans and ultrasounds, a weight was taken off of her shoulders – she was given the all clear. But just six months later, a routine pre-natal ultrasound turned her life upside down.