Women's health

Breast cancer: “We can be braver and stronger than we think”

Lynette Jackson from Switzerland, shares how she coped with the difficult time of diagnosis and treatment and the journey out of her disease.
5 min
Santina Russo
Published on October 3, 2021

Three women, three countries, three individual breast cancer stories. In the first part of this three-part series, Lynette, a breast cancer survivor from Switzerland, meets up with our journalist and a photographer on the shores of Lake Zürich. Lynette’s story is augmented by quotes from her personal cancer blog, Silver Linings[3]: a happy tale of cancer treatment.

Lynette synchronize swimming
Lynette Jackson

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New cancer cases Switzerland
The data are based on the period from 2013-2017. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Switzerland. Annually, around 6200 women and 50 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the time period mentioned. Although the risk of breast cancer increases significantly after the age of 50, the disease also affects younger women: 20 percent of all patients are younger than 50 at the time of diagnosis.[1] [2]

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Lynette Jackson swimming
Lynette Jackson

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Lynette Jackson is standing at the Lake Zurich

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By Santina Russo
Santina Russo is a freelance science and medical journalist based in Zurich, Switzerland.