NHS Worker, 22, Discovered Her Breast Cancer After Watching a TikTok Video On Self-Checks
After watching the clip, Katie Claydon, from Barnsley in Yorkshire, decided to conduct her own self check, and found an abnormal lump. After getting the lump checked out, she was diagnosed with breast cancer just weeks ago.
Speaking to the Examiner Live about her experience, Katie - who works as a communications assistant within the NHS - said: "I wasn't too concerned when I first found the lump.
"I assumed it was nothing and cancer hadn't even popped into my head at this point. I honestly had no idea that people my age could have breast cancer.
"I asked my mum to have a look at it but she was concerned. I think, after I saw my GP and she confirmed there was a lump, that's when I got a bit scared that it could be cancer. When the staff at the breast clinic said they were concerned, that's when I had convinced myself that it was cancer."
Katie explained 30 women her age will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and after receiving her diagnosis, she set up an Instagram page, @dearcancer_itskatie, to help raise awareness for younger women.
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"The main campaigns in the country seem to be making sure you go to your mammogram appointments, which obviously does not apply to me. This is why I set up an Instagram page to raise awareness to younger women," she added.
As part of her treatment, Katie has had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. She has been told that the cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes and that the lump was removed with good margins.
Katie will also need to undergo chemotherapy and is currently waiting on an appointment with her oncologist to discuss this further.
Luckily, she has not had any of her treatments delayed and has been able to work from home.
To follow Katie's journey, you can find her on Instagram at @dearcancer_itskatie.
You can find help and advice about breast cancer and how to check your breasts here.
Featured Image Credit: Katie Claydon
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