Studies have found that younger women are being diagnosed. Find out what you need to know to stay healthy.
According to the American Cancer Society, studies have found that advanced breast cancer is increasingly being diagnosed in women ages 25 to 39. The most troubling bit of information they found was that breast cancer in younger women tends to be more aggressive and has lower survival rates than breast cancer in older women.
Researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle and Central Oregon and Oregon Health and Science University, Portland looked at medical records between 1976 and 2009. Since 1976, there has been a steady but small increase of 2 percent young women diagnosed with breast each year. In 1976, 1.53 out of every 100,000 women in America aged 25 to 39 were diagnosed but just five years, that number doubled.
The experts of the studies thought the increase could possibly be due to environmental toxins rather than genetics. Despite the increase, it is still rare for a young woman to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
The greatest increase was of women aged 25 to 34. Experts urge young women to do their own breast exams as well as get exams every three years. Even if you think you are too young, always talk to your doctor if you notice something different about your breasts or if you notice a change.
Don’t let the doctor dismiss it based on your age. Keep yourself healthy by exercising, not smoking, monitoring your alcohol intake, eating right and getting to know your breasts so you can easily spot a potential problem.