Child dies of breast cancer after mammogram refusal and long medical wandering

A young teenager aged just 13 has died of breast cancer, after several doctors refused to give her a mammogram due to her young age, as reported by Le Parisien on Monday May 23. 2022.

A terrible tragedy, which could however have been avoided, recently occurred in Val-d’Oise. A 13-year-old girl named Shiloh died of breast cancer. The young girl had initially noticed strange roughness on her left breast in March 2021, and therefore decided to tell her mother about it. The latter then stated that there was indeed “small pimples and a kind of orange peel“, as reported The Parisian Monday, May 23, 2022. For his part, a radiologist, officiating in the Women’s Imaging Center, had noted that Shiloh’s bosom was “swollen, hot and painful“.

However, he had refused to practice mammography on the girl. In fact, this medical examination is not recommended for patients of her age.” The mammary gland of young patients and, even more of children or adolescents, being very sensitive to radiation, mammography is therefore not recommended by learned societies before the age of 30, and when it is exceptionally indicated before, it must be the subject of an indication discussed collectively with a gynecologist“, indicated the management of the Center for Women’s Imaging in Ile-de-France daily life. In the end, the results of Shiloh’s ultrasound, as well as her symptomss, clinically evoked an inflammatory or infectious process of the mastitis type, infinitely more frequent at this age“.

Drama: suffering from a malignant tumor, Shiloh did not survive despite chemotherapy

Unfortunately, the girl’s state of health did not improve, which led her parents to question this diagnosis. “Shiloh was very tired, she had trouble standing“, underlined his mother. Admitted to the emergency room on May 2, 2021, after a very long medical wandering, Shiloh saw his condition worsen, without a solid diagnosis being able to be made. In the end, the parents of the young teenager obtained a biopsy to be carried out. Thanks to her, the doctors were finally able to discover that their young patient had grade II breast angiosarcoma, which is a malignant tumor. Despite starting a chemotherapy protocol, Shiloh died on December 8, 2021, 9 months after the appearance of his first symptoms.

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The disease had lodged in her chest, and the majority of the doctors consulted did not want to believe in breast cancer.

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In March 2021, 12-year-old Shiloh confides in her mother that she has strange bumps on her left breast.

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Diane looks, and notices that there are “little pimples and a kind of orange peel”.

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A radiologist notes that the breast is “swollen, hot and painful”.

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The doctor refuses to do a mammogram to the young girl because this examination is not recommended at this age.

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Mammography is not recommended by learned societies before the age of 30.

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It is commonly considered that a teenage girl cannot have breast cancer because it is extremely rare.

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The results and symptoms clinically evoked an inflammatory or infectious process of the mastitis type, infinitely more frequent at that age.

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Shiloh’s condition is not improving, and the family is unconvinced by this diagnosis.

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The teenager is actually suffering from a grade II mammary angiosarcoma, a malignant tumor.

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Shiloh dies on December 8, 2021, nine months after the onset of his first symptoms.

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