“I insisted on having a mammogram twice. But they refused me, saying that I was too young to have breast cancer.” This delay in treatment was harmful to him because his tumor grew. “I felt it strongly, and it was turning red,” she confides to BeONDTV.
An accelerated care pathway
Once the alert was taken seriously, Philecia La’Bounty had to undergo a battery of examinations, including among others ultrasounds, an emergency mammography, a PET Scan or tomography to analyze her from head to toe. After three days, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. The pain had spread to his lungs, lymph nodes and sternum.
For six months, she underwent intravenous chemotherapy. Since then, she has been on oral chemos which she takes on five-week cycles. “Every five to six weeks I feel like trash,” she told Insider.
Philecia La’Bounty says a recent PET scan showed no further evidence of disease. That being the case, she will probably be on chemotherapy for life, so as to keep the cancer dormant. Today, she does prevention so that women of all ages are vigilant and seek advice as needed.
In Belgium, the Cancer Foundation reveals that 25% of breast cancers can occur before the age of 50 in women. In 2019, 194 women between the ages of 31 and 40 contracted it.