Breast Cancer 1

Monday, October 10, 2011

Younger women generally do not consider themselves to be at risk for breast cancer but it can strike at any age. Dr. Edward Hill talks about breast cancer in young women in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Only 5 percent of all breast cancer cases occur in women under 40 years old. However, breast cancer can strike at any age.

Diagnosing breast cancer in women under the age of 40 is more difficult because their breast tissue is denser than that of older women. By the time a lump in a younger womans breast can be felt, the cancer may be advanced.

Many younger women with breast cancer ignore the warning signs such as a breast lump or unusual discharge because they believe they are too young to get breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society recommends clinical breast exams about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40.

Although breast cancer may not be prevented, early detection and prompt treatment can significantly improve a womans chances of surviving breast cancer. More than 90 percent of women whose breast cancer is found in an early stage will survive.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.