Maha Gorton is sharing her story ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ladies, have you been checked lately?
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Maha Gorton is sharing her story ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you were to scroll through her Instagram pictures, you would never guess Maha Gorton was told by her doctors that she needed to have a mastectomy if she wanted to live. It’s hard to believe that diagnosis was just two years ago. The Dubai-born influencer and creator speaks openly about her health journey on Instagram, admitting that while she was familiar with breast cancer (her Egyptian mother is a survivor) she had never heard of DCIS or Ductal Carcinoma In Stiu, which refers to cancer cells developing on the inside of the milk ducts, before she was diagnosed.

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In November 2017 I was diagnosed with high grade DCIS, ductal carcinoma in situ - cancer cells lining my milk ducts and the only way to fight it was a mastectomy. My incredible mother is a breast cancer survivor Alhamdulilah so I always had the awareness but nothing prepared me for what the doctor told me. I was 33 and the fittest and healthiest I had ever been. I had finally reached a level of self acceptance and felt comfortable in my own skin. Now I was being told I would need a rather radical surgery. Alhamdulilah it was caught early and post surgery I didn’t need chemo or radiation. More and more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer and at a young age. Recently someone very close to me was diagnosed. The first thing she asked me is “how do I tell my daughter?”. The dust has settled from my storm. I can finally reflect on the journey and turn what was a very hard time into something helpful. I hope also in sharing my experience I will raise awareness about DCIS, something I had never heard of until my diagnosis. I will share my journey in highlights under ‘My DCIS journey’ so it’s there as a reference. Finally ladies, self examination is key. Early detection is key. Don’t wait until something’s wrong to have a checkup and if you feel something isn’t right, go see your doctor straight away. . . . #breastcancerawareness #breastcancer #dcis

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Thankfully, after her surgery in 2017 no further chemotherapy or radiation was required and Gorton, now 35, could focus on her recovery. However, when a close friend of Gorton’s was diagnosed recently, the mum of three felt it was “important to share her story now more than ever before” - and with breast cancer becoming more and more prevalent in younger women Gorton’s message couldn’t come soon enough. Determined to “use this platform in a constructive way”, Gorton’s message is clear – don’t be scared, don’t wait, get checked by your doctor regularly and especially if you feel something is wrong.

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