One in 19 women will develop breast cancer once in their lifetime.
According to The Star Malaysia, there are many factors that contribute to breast cancer and women with breast cancer in their family are at a higher risk of developing it. Women who experienced period at an early age or menopause earlier than usual are also at risk.
However, with the ever growing technology development these days, women are able to catch breast cancer at an early stage and start treatment as soon as possible. With October being breast cancer awareness month, #TeamCLEO has reached out to Hiba; a young breast cancer survivor who find out about her condition just a week before her 25th birthday.
This is Hiba's story:
“It has to be during my first chemotherapy cycle. I often felt nauseated and had a loss of appetite — which is saying something as I’m quite the foodie! Sleep had to happen every two hours or I’d feel so drained. Soon after, I started to lose my hair and became really forgetful. But it was the fact that your body feels so disconnected from you (if that makes sense), that reduced me to tears every couple of days.
Another tough part was earlier this year when I had a recurrence of yeast infections. I do know that for a lot of people, yeast infections would occur once and then go away. However, due to the side effect of Tamoxifen, it’d happen every two weeks or so, and additional medications just wouldn’t cure it.”