10-year-old girl diagnosed with breast cancer

May 19, 2009 9:34:55 AM PDT
A ten-year-old girl in Southern California may be the youngest person to suffer from breast cancer in the country.

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Hannah Powell-Auslam of Fullerton, California learned in early April that she had breast cancer.

"I was just, 'how could this happen, I'm, I'm ten;' so I was really shocked, I don't think even my mom been checked for breast cancer, so for me to have it, it's shocking for her," Powell-Auslam said.

Powell-Auslam says she thought she felt a bone on her ribcage. Doctors found it was a malignant tumor. The fifth grader underwent surgery to remove her breast on May 7th. Last week, doctors found Powell-Auslam had cancer in a lymph node.

The family says Powell-Auslam's remarkable strength had kept the family from crumbling.

"It should be the furthest thing from your mind; 10-year-olds don't get breast cancer," mother Carrie Auslam said.

Her grandfather recently had a pink breast cancer ribbon tattooed on his arm as a tribute to her.

Her parents say on a family blog that she is back home and now has become a young symbol of the fight against cancer.

Related Link:
Hannah Powell-Auslam's family's blog

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