Teen recounts journey battling breast cancer

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 6:10 p.m. MDT

That message resonated throughout the gymnasium Wednesday to students like 16-year-old junior Erin Wyness.

“Breast cancer is 99 percent curable if you catch it early enough,” Wyness said. ”It’s important to be informed even at a young age.”

According to information from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Program of the National Cancer Institute, from 2005-2009,  less than 1 of every 100,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer was under the age of 20.   

“If you’ve got an unexplained symptom or problem, then bring it to the attention of your doctor,” said Dr. Roger Biss, oncologist with the Intermountain Blood and Marrow Transplant/Leukemia Program at LDS Hospital. “But realize that the statistical chance of having any cancer is extremely low.”

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