Southern California 10-Year-Old Coping With Rare Breast Cancer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A 10-year-old Southern California girl with an extremely rare, adult form of breast cancer says she's sad that her hair is gone but she's trying to remain brave.

Hannah Powell-Auslam, of La Mirada was interviewed Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning, America."

She was shown getting her hair shaved off rather than waiting for chemotherapy to make it fall out. Her family also got buzz cuts.

The fifth-grader complained of itching in April. Her mother discovered a lump, and that led to a diagnosis of breast cancer. Hannah has had a mastectomy.

Hannah says she tries to find a bright side to things as she battles her illness and the side effects of chemotherapy. She says she's still a kid even though she's fighting an adult disease.

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