May 17, 2016

Research

 

 

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Breast Cancer in Young Women in Australia

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among Australian women. It is estimated that 15,600 females and 145 males were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. It is also estimated that one in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before they turn 85 with the majority being diagnosed between 50 and 70 years old. There is a significant proportion of women 40 years old and under that are diagnosed every year.

Women diagnosed under 40 find additional difficulties in both diagnosing and treating the disease, given their pre-menopausal status, fertility and child-bearing and family situations. The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) recently released the 800 young women campaign to start a conversation in our community to raise awareness of breast cancer in women under 40.

Nearly 800 young women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Australia – that is more than 2 women each day. By 2020, 830 young women are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year. In 2010, 14,181 women were diagnose with breast cancer in Australia; 767 of these women under 40 years old.Because it’s relatively uncommon, symptoms of breast cancer in young women – such as a lump or breast pain – can often be ignored or dismissed. Routine mammographic screening is not offered to women under the age of 40, as the evidence shows that it is not effective in this group.

Young women tend to think they are ‘bullet proof’. They are often fit and active, with no discernible risk factors. Because of this, receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer comes as a huge shock to the young woman, her family and friends.
Young women are typically diagnosed with more aggressive breast cancers than older women, and are at a higher risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body. They have a higher chance of the breast cancer returning and are more likely to die from the disease than older women diagnosed with breast cancer, regardless of the stage of the cancer. Because young women are commonly diagnosed with more aggressive breast cancers, their treatment is often more aggressive.
These treatment can result in physical and psychological changes that can affect their future and quality of life.The role of family history in breast cancer in young women can be overestimated. Family history only explains a maximum of 15% of breast cancers in young women.