I am very passionate about the idea that delayed diagnosis (or misdiagnosis, though not as common), is affecting so many young women. My wife was the picture of perfect health. Really she was. She thought she was too fat of course, but she was a perfect healthy weight, she did not smoke, she drank wine with dinners, exercised regularly and did not have cancer in her family.
In other words: Sadly, most doctors would say: “Relax, you don’t have breast cancer.”
Remember, Karen’s doctor never even checked her…for lack of a better word “formally”. A quick rub of the tit does not make a diagnosis.
Yet, as much as this fact infuriates me, I can understand his thinking that it would be a million-to-one shot that a young woman like Karen would have breast cancer. Thus, the delayed diagnosis. But, this is also precisely why women need to be advocates for their own health, as Karen wrote throughout this blog. If you doctor tells you he is 99% sure you have a cyst, and he hasn’t stuck a needle in your breast– insist upon it.