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Oct 12, 2018 01:06PM
Same here, so I feel ya! Eat well, buy most of our produce from the local farmers' market, cook at home, no processed foods, don't smoke, exercise regularly, mostly lean proteins, etc., etc. No family history, genetic test came back with no mutations. Diagnosed at 33.
Same story with my friend, for whom this happened a couple years ago (she's doing great now). We both have PhDs in biochemistry, so we've pored through all the papers, read all the studies... sometimes at the end of the day, there's no "why." Or at least, we don't have answers right now. It's infuriating.
When she was diagnosed, she had her biopsy sent to an academic lab that was doing a study on bovine leukemia virus-- and her cancer cells tested positive for it. What's that about? We don't know yet. Where did it come from? Who knows. Did it help cause it? Who knows.
More and more young women are getting diagnosed every year. Some of that is because we're more vigilant about early detection, and technology means we can get more accurate diagnoses. But that doesn't account for all of the increases. Maybe it's whatever pesticides were in the food we ate growing up. Maybe it's whatever environmental pollutants were in the air, or our reliance on plastic. Maybe it's the hormones in the milk we drank. Unfortunately, we may not know for decades.
At the end of the day, it sucks. It'll be even more maddening if it turns out to be factors beyond our control, like pesticides or chemicals or industrial this and that.
The upside is that cancer therapy is better now than it was a year ago, than it was five years ago, than it was ten years ago. And it'll keep getting better. My Her2+ cancer is more treatable now than it would've been 10 years ago. So........ yeah, it all sucks. But hopefully we'll all make it through, and 30, 40 years from now, we'll read studies about how This, That, and the Other in the 80s dicked over a whole generation of women, and we'll be able shake our canes angrily at the sky and say, "Screwwwww youuuuuuuu! You didn't kill me, bastards!!!" and then go back to our crotcheting and pottery collections. ;)
8/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, ER+/PR-, HER2+
9/9/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
9/9/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
9/9/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)