Breast Cancer In Young Women

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Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States (some kinds of skin cancer are the most common). About 9% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.

Breast cancer in young women is—

  • More likely to be hereditary than breast cancer in older women.
  • More common among African American women.
  • More likely to be found at a later stage, and is often more aggressive and difficult to treat.
  • Often coupled with unique issues, including concerns about body image, sexual health, fertility, feelings of isolation, mental health support, and the financial burden of treatment and care.

All women are at risk for getting breast cancer, but some things can raise a woman’s risk for getting breast cancer before age 45. It is important to learn what factors increase your chance of getting breast cancer and to talk with your health care provider about your concerns. Resources are available to help you assess your risk for early breast cancer.

Learning the symptoms of breast cancer also may also help you know when to talk to your doctor.

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Find out what can raise a woman’s risk for getting breast cancer before age 45.

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Learn the symptoms of breast cancer to help you talk to your doctor.