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Breast Cancer News

In this section, access cutting-edge news about breast cancer in young women including treatment updates, emerging therapies, study results and other medical and quality-of-life issues important to you.

Cancer Stage Related to Degree of Depression in Young African-American Women

Young African-American women with breast cancer report more symptoms of depression than their healthy peers, even when they have good social support systems and an ability to adapt to new environments or situations, a study published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship shows.

Women With Breast Cancer May Overestimate Secondary Risks

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young women with breast cancer often overestimate both their chance of developing cancer in the other breast and how much removal of that breast is likely to protect them, a new U.S. study suggests.

Age at Diagnosis Not a Factor in Outcomes for Early-Stage, HER2-Positive Disease

Women age 40 or younger when diagnosed with early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer do not have an increased risk of early recurrence due to age. They also are as likely as older women to benefit from treatment with trastuzumab, or Herceptin, according to a recent study.

Younger Women May Benefit From Mammograms: Study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although recommendations differ on when women should start getting screened for breast cancer, a new study suggests women in their 40s may benefit from yearly mammograms.

British Study Confirms Benefit of Taking Tamoxifen for 10 Years

A study of about 7,000 women treated with tamoxifen for early-stage, ER+ breast cancer showed lower recurrence and mortality rates for those who took the medication for 10 years instead of 5 years. This research, which has not yet been published, reinforces the findings of the international ATLAS trial.

Delayed Time to Surgery Reduces Survival Rates in Young Women

Young women whose surgery-only breast cancer treatment is delayed longer than 6 weeks have decreased survival rates compared with women who are treated sooner.

Young Women More Often Choose Mastectomy Over Lumpectomy

Young women who have a choice of surgical treatment choose mastectomy more often than lumpectomy, or breast-conserving treatment, according to a study presented at a major breast cancer conference.

Risk of Bankruptcy Rises After Cancer Diagnosis

A Washington state study showed higher bankruptcy rates after a cancer diagnosis, especially among young people.

Researchers Find Age-specific Breast Cancer Incidences Vary by Race

A study suggests age-specific incidences of breast cancer subtypes vary by race, showing that the differences by race occur only when tumor subtypes are grouped together. 

Young Women Experience Sexual Problems After Breast Cancer

Sexual difficulties are common among young women during and after breast cancer treatment, according to a Dutch study. 

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