Young Women with Breast Cancer

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Concerns of Young Women under the Age of Forty Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Jennifer Warlick
COM/156
February 10, 2013
Keri Keith

Concerns of Young Women under the Age of Forty Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Can you imagine being a woman under the age of forty and receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer? One out of every two hundred and ten women diagnosed will be under the age of forty. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Every woman diagnosed with breast cancer will face different issues. Young women are concerned with their body image, fertility, sexual functioning, relationship issues, and premature menopause more so than older women. Young women feel they are in the best part of their life. The diagnosis of breast cancer at this age is considered a step backward for young women who feel they should be building their career and family. Women under the age of forty diagnosed with breast cancer will face their own unique set of problems and challenges. The diagnosis of breast cancer in young women is rare. When diagnosed with breast cancer at or under the age of forty young women are generally in the later stages of breast cancer. The expected outcome or course of the disease tends to be worse for women under forty versus women that are older. Research shows that breast cancer is more aggressive in younger women. Tumors are larger and more lymph nodes are affected. Younger women diagnosed in later stages can be the result of lack of awareness and effective screening options. With breast tissue being denser in younger women screening and diagnosing is difficult. Women under the age of forty do not receive regular mammograms. Breast cancer is not only more aggressive in younger women it does not respond well to treatment, which can be because of having an altered form of the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2. Treatment plans are…...

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