Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | March 20, 2015
Monica, only 27 years old, watched as her left breast grew a lump over the course of two years. The entire breast eventually hardened and shriveled and adhered to the chest wall before she finally sought medical care. Unfortunately, Monica is by no means a unique case — her story is standard of cancer stories in developing countries. She knew something was terribly wrong. Most women do. So why did Monica wait so long for treatment despite having an obvious physical disfigurement? What social pressures prevented her from seeking life-saving treatment?