Since her breast was not painful, rapper Roxanne believed nothing was wrong
When hip hop musician and rapper Roxanne Shante felt a lump on her left breast at age 39, she didn’t immediately panic. “I remember saying to myself like, ‘Okay, I’m getting older. My breast must be falling apart’.”
None of the women she knew in her family had ever been diagnosed with breast cancer. Since neither the lump nor any other part of her breast was painful, Roxanne believed nothing was wrong.
Later that year during a physical exam, her doctor felt the lump and recommended a mammogram, which found the breast cancer.