Young Women CAN and DO Get Breast Cancer
- In 2009, the American Cancer Society predicted more than 190,000 new cases of breast cancer in women. 18,600 of these women were younger than 45.1
- Breast cancer accounts for 15% of all cancers in men and women ages 15-39 years old. 2
- Younger women have more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates when compared to older women.3
- Evidence supports that breast cancer before the age of 40 may be biologically different from the breast cancer faced by older women.3
1 American Cancer Society. (2009). Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2009-10. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, Inc. Available at: http://www.cancer.org
2Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group. Closing the Gap: Research and Care Imperatives for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance. Available at: http://planning.cancer.gov
3 Partridge, A.H. et al. (2009). Breast Cancer in Younger Women. In J. Harris (Ed.), Diseases of the Breast (pp. 1073-1083). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.