By the time she was diagnosed, Emily’s doctor said her tumor had spread to her lungs and her liver.
Emily was put on a six-month course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and she had two surgeries and a blood transfusion to keep her tumors from spreading further.
The cancer had grown so large that the chemotherapy left Emily with only a few months to live.
But that’s not the end of Emily’s fight.
Emily’s story is a cautionary tale for others who are struggling with the same kind of cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 4 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.
While the disease is rare, it can cause debilitating pain, scarring and even death.
There are three main types of breast cancer, and the treatments for each are different.
Most of the time, a person is able to manage their cancer with drugs, surgery or radiation.
Other times, treatments are only partial or incomplete.
The hope is that by knowing Emily’s stories, others can take steps to reduce their risk of getting the disease in the first place.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting more than 1.6 million women each year.
It usually begins in the womb and often progresses to the bone.
A woman’s breasts grow to be about three times their size when she is in her 20s, 30s or 40s.
Breast cancer usually spreads through a woman’s blood and may not be detected until her 30s.
About 1 in 100 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime.
Women with breast cancer are more likely to have other cancers and die from it.
The symptoms of breast health can include: pain, tenderness, bloating and swelling of the breast