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In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Rebecca Hiles said that doctors ignored her cancer symptoms for years because of her weight.
Eventually, her left lung became black and rotten and had to be removed.
Hiles’s story exemplifies a larger issue: Many women struggle to get adequate healthcare because doctors blame so many symptoms on weight. 

Rebecca Hiles came down with bronchitis and walking pneumonia when she was a teenager. Years later, she was still having coughing fits — even coughing up blood — and having trouble breathing. 

It turned out that Hiles had a cancerous tumor in her bronchial tube. But in a new interview with Cosmopolitan, Hiles says doctors missed all the signs, instead telling repeatedly telling her that she’d feel better if she lost weight. See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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