Breast Cancer: Younger Women Diagnosed More Often
Our expert explains why younger women are more often being diagnosed with advance stage breast cancer.
A new study finds a small but significant increase in the number of younger women with advance stage breast cancer.
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Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington found the number of women between ages 25 and 39 being diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer increased from 1.53 per 100,000 in 1976 to 2.90 per 100,000 in 2009.
While researchers say that the increase is small, they point to its significance because the trend shows no signs of decreasing, and that the lowest five-year breast cancer survival rate is among 20- to 34-year-old women.
Cleveland Clinic’s Holly Pederson, MD, who treats breast cancer patients but did not take part in the study, says, “In the 25-39 age group breast cancer is much less common overall, but what we’re finding is that it can present at a much later stage and be much more deadly.”
Dr. Pederson says all young women can decrease their risk of breast cancer by taking an active role in their breast health. She advises them to: