What Young Women Need to Know about Breast Cancer

BettyConfidential and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are working together to get the word out about the realities of breast cancer and young women. We need your help!
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What Young Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer

BettyConfidential and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are working together to get the word out about the realities of breast cancer and young women. We need your help!

-The Betty Editors

Woman covering up her breasts

You probably know the scary statistic – one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. What you may not know, however, is that while doctors often don’t start mammograms for women before the age of 40, young women do get breast cancer, and when they do it’s often more aggressive and less responsive to hormone therapies.

While rare, the numbers are not insignificant:

• 24,000 women under age 45 will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

• That means nearly 10 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer this year will be 45 or younger. [FYI, this includes both invasive and in situ cases]


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  1. I agree that this is a very important topic, but I have to say that I am discouraged by the number of people who realize that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but have no idea that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, statistically, survive, while most children diagnosed with ANY pediatric cancer do not. The odds are not in their favor, and yet funding is pitifully minimal to any other cause/illness in the US. 45 school age children are diagnosed each day with cancer, and only one new cancer drug for pediatric patients has been approved in a DECADE. Federal funding for breast cancer research is more than double that for all 12 major groups of pediatric cancer combined.
    I appreciate the article on breast cancer awareness – all women should be informed. But as a mother, I would really love to see more gold ribbons and information on childhood cancers bombarding the internet and the news.

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