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A North Carolina mom was 14 weeks pregnant when she discovered a lump in her breast while in the shower.

Over two years ago, Abigail Valletta, of North Carolina, discovered a lump in her breast while in the shower. Valletta, 32, was 14 weeks pregnant at the time and conducting a routine self-check exam while in the shower, according to WRAL.

Her doctors reportedly believed the lump was due to pregnancy-related changes, but Valletta wanted more reassurance, according to the report.

“Because of my age and because I was pregnant, that’s what we all wanted to believe,” Valletta told the news outlet. “I asked for an ultrasound just to reassure myself.”

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The result was invasive ductal triple-negative breast cancer, and testing reportedly showed it stemmed from a BRCA-1 mutation. While all women have BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, about 1 in 500 women in the U.S. have mutations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Per the CDC, “about 50 out of 100 women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation” will go on to develop breast cancer by the time they turn 70 compared to only about 7 out of…

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