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Five Things Young Women with Breast Cancer Should Know

While the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer are age 55 or older, about 14,500 women age 45 and younger are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some facts about breast cancer all young women should know.
1. Genetic testing can help identify women who are at increased risk
SOG_9339_12-2While all women are at risk for breast cancer, women who have a family history of premenopausal breast or ovarian cancer or a family member with a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene are at a higher risk and …

 

Fertility and Breast Cancer

I think that one of the greatest challenges of having breast cancer in my 20s is the issue of fertility. I was never one of those girls who dreamed of being a wife and mother. I was more focused on finding a career I loved and having fun with my friends. In my teens, I was convinced I would never have children and then when I was in my early 20s, it definitely wasn’t a priority. Because I was diagnosed around the same time I met my now husband, the decision about whether or not to have children is very …