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Surviving breast cancer twice: L.A. athlete offers her tale of endurance, survival | ABC7

Surviving breast cancer twice: L.A. athlete offers her tale of endurance, survival | ABC7


REPORTER: WALK FOR HOPE, 38-YEAR-OLD CANDACE GAVE HER AUDIENCE A SPEECH.>>MAY BE I WAS MEANT TO HAVE THIS JOURNEY TO HELP OTHERS WHO WILL BE WALKING IN MY SHOES. REPORTER: AT THE AGE OF 30, SHE RAN HER PERSONAL MARATHON BEST. THEN SHE DISCOVERED A LUMP UNDER HER ARM.>>THEY CAME BACK AND TOLD ME I HAD STAGE TWO BREAST CANCER. I HAD A LUMPECTOMY. REPORTER: AFTER FIVE YEARS SHE WAS CANCER FREE THEN ANOTHER DEVASTATING SETBACK.>>I WAS DIAGNOSED AGAIN AND THIS TIME THE CANCER WAS EVERYWHERE. YOU HAVE TO DIG DEEP WITHIN YOURSELF OR RELY ON YOUR SUPPORT TEAM TO HELP YOU. REPORTER: HER STORY IS NOT UNCOMMON. ABOUT 11% OF CANCERS IN THE U.S. ARE FOUND IN WOMEN YOUNGER THAN 45.>>EVEN DOING THE RIGHT THING SOME WOMEN GET BREAST CANCER AND WE DO NOT KNOW WHY. REPORTER: EATING WELL AND EXERCISING REGULARLY LOWERS THE RISK. CHEMO, RADIATION AND MORE, CANDACE NEVER STOPPED.>>IT HELPED MINIMIZE MY FATIGUE. CHEMOTHERAPY INDEFINITELY. TODAY IT REMAINS IN REMISSION. THE WALK WILL SUPPORT MORE PATIENTS LIKE HER.>>SO MANY NEW DRUGS ARE BEING DEVELOPED.>>

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