Melissa Rojas was a week away from her one-year wedding anniversary when she learned she had breast cancer. The 28-year-old nurse had no family history of the disease.
Jasmine Harris was 26 working as a health coordinator at a hospital when she felt a lump in her breast while taking a shower.
Joan Bauman was a 45-year-old mother of four running ultramarathons when a lump in her breast grew more painful.
All three were considered “too young” for breast cancer. Indeed, fewer than 5 percent of women under 40 are diagnosed yearly with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
However, there will be more than 12,000 diagnoses of breast cancer in women under 40 this year, and more than 26,000 in women under 45, according to NCI.
The median age of a breast cancer diagnosis in U.S. women is 62, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the organizer behind Saturday’s Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale More Than Pink Walk at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.
Local breast cancer events
Aventura Mall Breast Cancer Pink Walk: Participants meet in Center Court, where T-shirts are available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Women’s Breast and Heart Health Initiative. Aventura Mall will match every dollar donated. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by a warm-up dance class at 8:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Free. 305-935-1110 or https://aventuramall.com/aventuramallpinkwalk/.