Breast Cancer Increasing Among Younger Women

Breast Cancer Increasing Among Younger Women

Breast Cancer Increasing Among Younger Women

According to an article in the JAMA, there is a slight increase in advanced stage breast cancer among women between the ages of 25 and 39.

Breast Cancer is the most common form of malignancy in females age 15 to 39, and accounts for 14% of all cancers in men and women in the group.  A study completed in 2008 reported that an individual’s chance of getting breast cancer before the age of 40 is 1 in 173.

Breast Cancer in young women tends to be more aggressive, and the survival rate is lower.

“Over the past three to four decades, the incidence of distant breast cancer in young women aged 25 to 39 has gone up steadily, from a rate of 1.53 per 100,000 in 1976 to 2.90 per 100,000 in 2009. This difference translates to an annual increase in incidence of 2.07 percent per year.”

The greatest incidence was in women age 25-34, and decreased exponentially in each successive 5-year interval.

The JAMA added:  “For young women aged 25 to 39 years, the incidence of distant disease increased in all races/ethnicities assessed since at least 1992, when race/ethnicity became available in the SEER database.”

In the category of 5 year or less survival, the group has the highest mortality rate.

Related causes:  “Health-related quality of life is a lot lower in young women with breast cancer – it is linked with weight gain, increased psychological distress and early onset of menopause.”

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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