Phillip Minton M.D.

Acceleration of Metastatic Breast Cancer in Young Women

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

The incidence of serious, metastatic breast cancer is accelerating among women under 40 years of age, according to a new study. This recent research, published in JAMA, has revealed the alarming and disconcerting fact that more younger women are being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer than ever before

Furthermore, the speed at which the rate is increasing is accelerating. Since the mid-1970s, more and more women under age forty are being diagnosed with cancer of the breast that has already spread to other areas of the body.

Why is this, and what can be done about it? Surely we need to understand the underlying causes of breast cancer development much better. But it can also have t do with surveillance. It may be that we are not looking for breast cancer in younger women, thinking that it occurs more frequently in women over forty. By failing to watch younger women as closely as possibly they should, have, medical profession may be failing to diagnose their breast cancer at early stages. It is well known that later stages of breast cancer, such as when it has become metastatic, are much more difficult to successfully treat. Understanding and correcting the underlying reasons for the accelerating rate of younger women being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer may help us to reach a positive treatment conclusion in those young women where breast cancer develops. Even better would be achieving a much greater level of prevention of breast cancer development in these younger women.


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