• "Lucky" 36

    Asked by MarS676 on Saturday, February 2, 2013

    "Lucky" 36

    I was diagnosed with Stage IIa TNBC this past summer at the ripe old age of 36. The more I read about people with cancer the more I notice that 36 seems like a popular age for young people with breast cancer. Christina Applegate, Kylie Minogue and Guiliana Rancic were all 36 when diagnosed and as I lurk through this board and many others I notice so many other women diagnosed at 36. Has anyone else noticed this?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi! I've read a bit about a number of 36 yo women being diagnosed with breast cancer, but there are so many celebrities who've been diagnosed - Carly Simon, Olivia Newton-John, and more who weren't 36 that it's just (I think) an interesting coincidence. Btw, I'm a retired Medical Librarian. There's a great book that Geralyn Lucas wrote called "I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy". She was either 27 or 28 when she was diagnosed. We don't know all of the factors behind any one particular person's diagnosis (even our own) necessarily (my case certainly - no family history and I don't live in a high risk area), so when there are a bunch of 36 year olds who happen to be unfortunate (i.e., lucky) enough to get this and also be celebrities (and may be written up in the papers), it becomes a phenomenon that's "mystical". It's not, there are women of every age who get this and it's just plain sad or tragic, but not so interesting or mystical. Just a sad coincidence.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I think everyone tends to notice people in their own situation more readily. Personally, I notice all the "lucky" 46 year olds who are diagnosed.

      over 3 years ago

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