What 5 Breast Cancer Survivors Want You to Know

“Share your story. It can save lives.”-
NAME: Meltem Zeytinoglu, M.D., 28, internal medicine resident at the University of Chicago FAMILY HISTORY: Zeytinoglu’s mother died of breast cancer. ... more 
“Share your story. It can save lives.”-
NAME: Meltem Zeytinoglu, M.D., 28, internal medicine resident at the University of Chicago FAMILY HISTORY: Zeytinoglu’s mother died of breast cancer. DIAGNOSED: 2005, age 22 TREATMENT: lumpectomy and radiation “I’ve been a daughter of a breast cancer patient, a survivor myself and a doctor—so I’m pretty comfortable talking about the disease now, but I wasn’t always. After I lost my mom, I hated feeling pity from others. So when I was diagnosed myself just a few months later, I kept it quiet. The nurses would say, ‘What are you doing here? You’re too young!’ Yes, the stats say young women shouldn’t get breast cancer, but those statistics don’t mean anything to those of us who do get it. I felt so alone. Finally I realized that something had to give, that I had to start talking about it. I got involved with several great breast cancer organizations, like Bright Pink, and I now share my experience with my patients. It less 
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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 6:55 PM EST
By Erin Zammett Ruddy, Glamour magazine




If your friend had breast cancer, then this is what she'd tell you: what it feels like, how to help her and how to protect your own health. These discussions, like the ones Jen, Demi and Alicia are inspiring with Five, can be lifesaving, says Susan Love, M.D., president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and a breast cancer pioneer. "Today, young women aren't afraid to urge each other to get checked out if something seems off," she says. "This generation will be a crucial voice of hope and change." So what are young women survivors telling their friends now?