Woman diagnosed with breast cancer aged 25 shares urgent message
Exclusive: Bianca Hinton, 25, was on a cruise with her family when she felt a lump in her breast while getting dried after a shower.
She thought it was probably a cyst but headed to her GP as soon as she could.
Just a few weeks later she was starting chemotherapy for breast cancer.
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Now Hinton is using her background as a videographer to share the message that young women can get breast cancer too.
She posted a candid video across her social media telling women to take the time to check their breasts.
She told 9news.com.au she just wants to remind young women like her to check their breasts and bear in mind there a small chance they could develop cancer.
"It obviously came as such a shock to me, I never thought I'd be in that position. I wanted other people, young women to be aware," she said.
Life put on hold by cancer
Hinton, from Queensland's Gold Coast, was running her company producing videos, working with bands such as Aussie group Shepherd and country music singer Casey Barnes and about to head to Los Angeles to explore working opportunities there.
But instead she is making weekly trips to Tweed Hospital from her home in Tallai for chemotherapy.
She was told she had cancer on January 9 after going to her GP about her lump which she estimates was one to two centimetres.
"They said that it was triple negative breast cancer which is apparently rare but a lot of young people seem to get it, " she said.
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"He told me I'd have to have chemotherapy, which was shocking.
"It was good to find out what it was. It was definitely unexpected.
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"We thought it would be a cyst. All of a sudden it was, like 'oh this is serious,"
While Hinton explored the option of freezing her eggs, as chemo can affect fertility, there wasn't time as the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes in her breast so she wanted to start the treatment as soon as possible.
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She has to have 20 weeks of chemotherapy, and doctors will then asses if she needs surgery or radiotherapy.
She has also seen her hair fall out, which in her case was dyed a colourful blue.
"My hair meant a lot to me so obviously losing it was a shock," she said.
"When it started happening I came to accept it.
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"You've got to think of it in a positive light – this means the treatment is working."
However she said she's feeling positive otherwise.
"If anything it makes you see life through a different pair of eyes," she said.
Breast cancer rare in young women but rises with age
Just eight women in 100,000 were diagnosed aged 15-29 with breast cancer according to 2017 data from the NCCI.
That's 80 women in a million. But the risk rises with age.
Statistics from Cancer Australia show it is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women aged 20–39.
This year, about 1000 Australian women aged between 20 and 39 are expected to be diagnosed. Breast Cancer also affects a small number of men.
Overall breast cancer is the second most common cancer in Australia, after prostate cancer.
The most common age to be diagnosed is 70 to 74.
A total of 58 people a day were diagnosed on average in 2022
However it has one of the highest survival rates, with 92 per cent of patients still alive after five years.
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