30-year old Charlotte woman's breast cancer is misdiagnosed
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Danielle Murray was diagnosed with a high risk and aggressive form of breast cancer in 2009 at the age of 30.
Women under the age of 40 generally do not consider themselves to be at risk for breast cancer, but Danielle says she is proof breast cancer can strike at any age.
She had no risk factors, but got cancer anyway. She says she went misdiagnosed for almost a year, resulting in the cancer being very aggressive by the time it was finally diagnosed.
It started in July of 2008, when Danielle found what she describes as a ripple in her right breast.
Her doctor assured her it was nothing to worry about. About eight months later, in February 2009, a lump appeared under her arm.
A different doctor assured her both were nothing to worry about.
She became pregnant a few weeks earlier and was told those were cysts from the pregnancy. Two weeks later, she miscarried.
The lumps did not go away. She says she was told a third time not to worry.
After years of fertility issues, Danielle was more wrapped up emotionally in the miscarriage than worrying about the lumps.
When watching television one day, she heard a TV doctor talk about women getting misdiagnosed.
It spurred her on to demand a mammogram. That's what found her breast cancer.
Danielle's work -- Ally -- has a Race for the Cure team this year. She says everyone who is even a little interested should get out and register. (You can run or walk... it's not really a "Race.")
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Click the attached video to see Danielle's interview.