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. PiNKgirl says:

    This is a wonderful partnership and campaign. Just sent my letter & forwarding it to my friends & family!

  2. Candice says:

    This is so important!

  3. kitty says:

    I just shared this on my Facebook page. And I am vowing to be better about my own self exams — I’m really a slacker about them!

  4. hope_xo says:

    I hope the campaign for the EARLY Act passes, it’s really important for young women to be aware.

  5. Jinkies008 says:

    this is a really important article. thank you for writing it!

  6. sascha supreme says:

    Excellent info, I will be sure to pass this along to all my girlfriends.

  7. ChattyCathy says:

    When will we find a cure???

  8. violetgal says:

    My aunt died of breast cancer at age 37 … this disease is so scary

  9. LookitsCynthia says:

    it’s great to be better informed, every women should read up about breast cancer!

  10. cloo says:

    This is a really important topic!

  11. valley_grrl2000 says:

    They should start doing mammograms at age 30, at least! Your care is in your hands, so do what you can to get it done sooner!

  12. swtchks00 says:

    I worry about every time I need to get checked, but it is essential

  13. pepper56 says:

    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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