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What Do You Wish You'd Known About Breast Cancer Before Being Diagnosed?

Tell us what no one talks about — but should — when it comes to living with, surviving, and battling breast cancer.

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Most of us are familiar with the breast cancer facts.

Like that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime.

And we all see the pink products raising awareness and funds to find a cure.

But regardless of what you've heard or seen, nothing can prepare you for a breast cancer diagnosis.

Tell us: What do you wish you had known before you were diagnosed? What do you wish people talked about when they talked about breast cancer?

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We want to share your stories and your voice — whether you've just been diagnosed or you've been cancer-free for years.

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Maybe you wish you'd known that breast cancer can happen to anyone — even if not a single person in your family has a history of it.

Or maybe you'd like more people to know that men could get breast cancer, too.

Approximately 1 in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.

Tell us: What do you wish people knew about having breast cancer?

Share your stories in the comments and you could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post. Feel free to upload photos too if you’d like us to include those.

And thank you for sharing your story. We hope it can help others — whether they’re currently living with breast cancer or know someone who is.