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Doctors told woman she was 'too young' to have breast cancer at 27 - a year later it was terminal

Daily Post 14/01/2020 Mark Smith & Harri Evans
a man and a woman looking at the camera: Sherrie pictured with her partner Ana © Sherrie Deacon Sherrie pictured with her partner Ana

A 28-year-old woman with terminal cancer was told by doctors she was "too young" to be stricken by the disease.

Sherrie Deacon was just 27 when she spotted a lump in her breast but was "fobbed off" by the NHS after pushing for diagnostic tests.

Her hospital appointment for an ultrasound and mammogram was delayed on numerous occasions so she went private where she discovered she had stage two breast cancer.

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Wales Online reports that subsequent CT scans revealed that the cancer had spread to her sternum and spine and is now classed as "secondary" or incurable.

Sherrie is now urging other women to have their breasts checked if they see or feel anything unusual.

"If you are young and you suspect something is wrong with your breast, don't be fobbed off," she said.

"It's uncommon, but not unheard of to get breast cancer at my age and if I hadn't gone private then who knows if I'd still be here now."

a close up of a person: Sherrie Deacon, 28, from Caerphilly, has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer © Sherrie Deacon Sherrie Deacon, 28, from Caerphilly, has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer

Despite her devastating diagnosis, Sherrie continues to work as a manager with HMRC and is now planning on getting married to her partner Anna in June.

"She has been absolutely amazing throughout all of this," added Sherrie, who first met Anna at Swansea University almost 10 years ago.

"We were planning on starting a family and maybe adopting, but that has been put on hold as I don't think they'd give me a baby with secondary cancer.

"It's all just absolutely heartbreaking."

Sherrie said that she could feel a lump in her breast in the summer of 2019 but wasn't displaying any other symptoms at the time.

"I went to my doctor and they thought it was suspicious as it didn't feel like a cyst," she added.

"My grandfather also had breast cancer, which is obviously more rare in men, and he had something known as the 'BRCA gene' which meant he was more susceptible to cancer."

Despite assurances from her GP that it would only take a fortnight for a hospital appointment, it took longer than expected.

a close up of a woman: Sherrie Deacon (left), 28, from Caerphilly, has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. She's picture with her fiancee Anna Dinis © Sherrie Deacon Sherrie Deacon (left), 28, from Caerphilly, has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. She's picture with her fiancee Anna Dinis

She said: "I called the booking service, but they assured me on the phone that I wouldn't have breast cancer at my age.

"I was quite taken aback by that comment as they didn't know about my family history."

The delays prompted Sherrie to go private and have tests done at St Joseph's Hospital in Cwmbran. Her worst fears were realised a week later.

"It was absolutely devastating and it shook us all. We did suspect it was cancer, but until you're told it doesn't really hit home.

"I was then referred back to the NHS for my treatment. From then on they were excellent with me."

Sherrie began losing her hair during the chemotherapy which she says was upsetting to start but became used to it after a few weeks.

She decided to donate her locks to the Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss, raising £1,095 for charity in the process.

a woman sitting at a table smiling for the camera: Sherrie Deacon, 28, from Caerphilly, has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Here she is getting her hair chopped off for the Little Princess Trust © Sherrie Deacon Sherrie Deacon, 28, from Caerphilly, has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Here she is getting her hair chopped off for the Little Princess Trust a person sitting in a chair talking on a cell phone: Sherrie Deacon, 28, from Caerphilly, has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer © Sherrie Deacon Sherrie Deacon, 28, from Caerphilly, has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer

"People have been very generous. I've been quite gobsmacked how lovely people have been," she added.

Sherrie is currently receiving regular treatment at the Royal Gwent Hospital and hopes the cancer remains  "dormant" for as long as possible.

"I couldn't thank my cancer nurse and consultant enough. Those two have been absolutely amazing.

"And my family and friends have been so supportive. I don't think I could have gone through this without them."

a group of people sitting posing for the camera: (L-r): Sherrie Deacon, her mum Wendy and sister Tilly © Rob Browne (L-r): Sherrie Deacon, her mum Wendy and sister Tilly

Each year, about 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. However, it is more common in women who are aged 50 and over.

Sherrie is now determined to let other young women know that breast cancer can happen at a far younger age.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has been approached for comment.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up in a bid to take Sherrie to Japan on holiday - a place she has always wanted to visit.

To donate please go to www.gofundme.com/f/send-sherrie-to-japan

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