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New breast cancer study raises local awareness

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

While breast cancer is still uncommon in women under 40, it does happen.

A new study shows that advanced breast cancer cases have increased slightly among women between the ages of 25 and 39.

"Cancer is devastating no matter what age you are," said Leigh Hurst, a breast cancer survivor.

But when you are 33 years-old, like Leigh Hurst was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she said it is a tough pill to swallow.

"When you're young and you have your whole life in front of you, and so many big things that you think about doing."

Hurst is one of the fortunate ones. She is a survivor for nine years, who has accomplished many big things.

"I went on to get married. I've had two kids, which I wasn't even sure, because of my treatment, I'd be able to have children," said Hurst.

She also started the Feel Your Boobies Foundation.

"Awareness for breast cancer, especially young women is very important because when you're under the age of 40, you are not formally screened through mammography for breast cancer so if you are not familiar with your own body and how it feels, a lump could go undetected for quite some time," said Hurst.

A new study is bringing Hurst's cause to light. Although breast cancer among young women is still uncommon, the study found that their tumors tend to be more aggressive. And since young women are less likely to get routine screenings, it can be a bad combination.

"The doctors did not feel my lump. I was the only one that felt it, even though I had gone in to doctors for normal check-ups," said Hurst. "Hopefully provides inspiration to someone else who gets diagnosed at a young age."

For more information on the study, visit http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1656255

For more on the Feel Your Boobies Foundation, visit http://www.feelyourboobies.com/

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