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10 Breast Cancer Survivors in the Same Family Celebrate Being Ill



Over the last 15 years, a family in Lincolnshire, England, has seen 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer undergoing multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation and are celebrating disease-free.

Eight out of 10 women, aged 47 to 81, are blood relatives and the other two are married through.

  Women say that knowing that their relatives had also undergone treatment and came alive helped to keep them optimistic.

Women say that knowing that their relatives have also undergone treatment and come alive has helped to keep them optimistic.
(SWNS)

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"We are a close family so we were there for each other," Vanessa Howe, who was diagnosed in April 2015, after being diagnosed with her own mother in 2003, she told SWNS. "This support and the knowledge that someone had breast cancer but survived is brilliant. Even on the worst days, you knew there was life, there was hope. "

55-year-old Howe chose to undergo two mastectomies and forced her lymph nodes to be removed from her left hand instead of radiation, after seeing how the treatment affected her mother, she also created a group on Facebook so women could continue to be updated and supported.

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  Trudie Smart, not pictured in the group picture, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

Trudie Smart, not pictured in the group picture, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 .,
(SWNS)

Howe's mother, Barbara Limb, 81, is the second relative to be diagnosed in the group and is the oldest survivor. She was diagnosed in 2003 and had radiation, lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed.

It was not clear whether the related women underwent genetic testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes after the cluster of diagnoses, or whether they had all been diagnosed with the same type of breast cancer.

To celebrate their triumph over the disease, the group introduces themselves to a charity calendar, which will be released next month, with all proceeds donated to breast cancer care.

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According to Cancer Research UK, approximately 55,200 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year, making it the most common cancer in the region.

There are approximately 11,400 breast cancer deaths in the UK each year, making it the fourth most common cause of cancer death. But about eight in 10 women diagnosed in England survive 10 years or more.


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