|Young women CAN and DO get breast
cancer. While breast cancer in young women accounts for a
percentage of all breast cancer cases, the impact of this disease is widespread:
There are more than 250,000 women 40 and under in the U.S. living with breast
cancer, and over 11,100 young women will be diagnosed in the next year. But,
despite the fact that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in
women ages 15 to 54:
- Many young women and their
doctors are unaware that they are at risk for breast cancer.
- There is no effective breast
cancer screening tool for women 40 and under.
- Young women are often
diagnosed at a later stage than their older counterparts.
- There is very little research
or educational material focused on issues unique to this younger population,
such as fertility, pregnancy, genetic predisposition, the impact of hormonal
status on the effectiveness of treatment, psycho-social and long-term
survivorship issues, and higher mortality rates for young women, particularly
for African-Americans and Latinas.
- Young women diagnosed with
breast cancer often feel isolated and have little contact with peers who can
relate to what they are experiencing.
- As the incidence of young
women with breast cancer is much lower than in older women, young women are
underrepresented in many research studies.
For more information on Young Women United Against Breast
Cancer please visit their website at:
You may also call YSC Central Indiana at (317) 776-1766.