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Breast cancer and younger women

Breast cancer and the younger women

          Younger women have relatively lower risk of developing breast cancer. Only less than 5 percent of all breast cancers occur in women under age 40. Women who have mutation of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are more likely to develop breast cancer at a younger age. These women also have an increase risk of ovarian cancer. A BRCA1 gene carrier has 50 to 80 percent risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. Women should learn self-breast examination at a younger age. This will help them to understand how the normal breasts feel through the monthly cycles. The best time to perform a self-breast examination is at the time when the menstrual period ends. Women having BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations should start clinical breast examination and mammograms earlier than the general population. If a woman carries a defective BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, she may have a 50 percent to 85 percent chance of developing breast cancer. So while the risk of breast cancer is generally much lower for younger women, there is still a high risk for some.

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