Young women and breast cancer

Advanced cases becoming more common

Advanced cases becoming more common

I’ve always heard that if you get breast cancer, the younger you are, the more aggressive the cancer tends to be. Now there is scientific proof that over the past 30 years, more and more women between the ages of 25 and 39 are getting metastatic breast cancer. That’s cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, making it more difficult to treat.

This alarming new trend was discovered by a group of researchers in Seattle, Wash. Their report was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013. It’s interesting that the same trend is not seen in older women.

The researchers pointed out that “these findings are alarming for an age group that already has the worst prognosis, no recommended routine screening practice, the least health insurance and the most potential years of life.”

Some who commented on the article suggested the increasing rates of advanced breast cancer in younger women could have something to do with rising obesity rates, changes in tobacco and alcohol use and genetics.

Another question to consider is, how do you catch this cancer early enough to treat it, especially since this age group is too young to be part of any regular screening program? One way is to pay attention to your body. The most common signs of breast cancer is a new lump or mass in the breast or underarm area. Other warning signs may include: any changes in the texture of the breast tirruse, changes in the size of the breast or nipple discharge that starts suddenly. If you notice anything unusual or any change in your breasts, get checked out. 

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