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Summer was supposed to be filled with friends and fun but instead Pendleton High School Senior Hannah Powell learned she had a rare form of breast cancer.

"I was scared that I wouldn't even have been able to graduate," Powell says.

Powell first noticed the small bump in January. She didn't think anything of it until she saw it in the mirror months later while getting into the shower. The pea sized lump in her breast had grown, now it was physically visible. Soon, she says, she could see it sticking out under her sports bra.

Powell showed her mom the lump the next month and they set up an appointment to see a doctor. A test was done on June 25, 2013 and several days later Powell and her mom were asked to come in for the results.

"I still didn't have it running through my mind that I could have cancer," Powell says.

Powell was diagnosed with a rare form of Breast Cancer, that bump was a Phyllodes tumor. She had a double mastectomy in August and now is beginning reconstructive surgery.

Powell says during the entire time, she only broke down twice. Even though she's cancer free now, the cancer could still be lingering in her body, but she isn't letting that prevent her from living.

"That's kind of worrisome but I can't live every day thinking it could be somewhere else," Powell says.

Powell urges every woman to learn how to do a self examination and recognize when something is wrong with your body.

Powell is now fully enjoying her senior year. She's trying to decide where to go to college and what to major in. Earlier this month, she was named Pendleton's Homecoming Queen.

Brian McKinley, a Greenville Health Systems Oncologist and medical director says breast cancer in teens is incredibly rare. Less than 0.1% of breast cancer cases involve people under 20.  When a woman turns 20, McKinley says she should start getting clinical exams. Women should have exams every 3 years from 20 to age 39. Women can also do self exams. Anything new or strange should be evaluated by a medical director.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
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