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Young Women CAN And DO Get Breast Cancer

  • Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old and older but young women are at risk too.
  • 11% of all breast cancers are found in women 45 or younger.
  • Younger women have more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates when compared to older women.
  • Evidence supports that breast cancer before the age of 40 may be biologically different from the breast cancer faced by older women.
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Factors That Puts A Woman At High Risk

There Are Several Factors That Put A Woman At High Risk For Developing Breast Cancer, Including:

  • A personal history of breast cancer or high risk lesion found by biopsy
  • A family history of breast cancer, particularly in a mother, daughter, or sister
  • History of radiation therapy in the past
  • BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation: Women who carry defects on either of these genes are at greater risk for developing breast cancer.

Challenges Unique To Young Women With Breast Cancer:

  • No good screening tool for women under 40.
  • Pregnancy and fertility concerns after breast cancer.
  • Early menopause from treatment.
  • Research on young women and breast cancer limited due to the lower rate in which they get breast cancer.

Young Women Need To Be Vigilant About Their Breast Health!

  • Know your breasts and what is normal for you.
  • Know your risk factors.
  • Know your family history.
  • Don’t ignore problems.
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