Breast Cancer in Young Women Index

Featured: Breast Cancer in Young Women Main Article

About 5% of cases of breast cancer occur in women under the age of 40 years old. Some risk factors for breast cancer in young women include a personal history of breast cancer or breast disease, family history of breast cancer, prior radiation therapy, and the presence of BRCA1/BRCA2 gene mutations. Breast self-exams, clinical breast exams, and screening mammograms may help detect breast cancer. Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy.

Medications

    Related Diseases & Conditions

    • Lymphedema Lymphedema is a condition in which one or more extremities become swollen as the result of an impaired flow of the lymphatic...learn more »
      In This Article
      Lymphedema Article
      • Lymphedema facts
      • What is lymphedema?
      • What does lymphedema look like (pictures)?
      • What causes lymphedema?
      • What are the symptoms of lymphedema?
      • How is lymphedema diagnosed?
      • What are possible treatments for lymphedema?
      • What are complications of lymphedema?
      • Can lymphedema be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for lymphedema?
      • Where can one get help and support for lymphedema?
    • Breast Lumps (In Women) Breast lumps in women can have a variety of causes such as breast inflammation, infection, injuries, cancer, and non-cancerous...learn more »
      In This Article
      Breast Lumps (In Women) Article
      • Breast lumps facts
      • What are causes of breast lumps?
      • Infections that cause breast lumps
      • Injuries that cause breast lumps
      • Non-cancerous growths that cause breast lumps
      • What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
      • What determines breast cancer risk?
      • How are breast lumps evaluated?
      • How can a woman be certain that a lump is not cancer?
      • How are breast lumps treated?
    • Women's Health Women's health is an important topic area to guide a woman through the stages of her life, as well as knowing the conditions and...learn more »
      In This Article
      Women's Health Article
      • Introduction to women's health
      • Women's general health and wellness
      • Female anatomy
      • The female reproductive System
      • Female hormones
      • Diseases more common in women
      • Cancer in women
      • Women's cosmetic concerns
      • Menstruation
      • Sexuality
      • Fertility, birth control, and infertility
      • Pregnancy
      • Motherhood
      • Menopause
      • The mature woman - post menopause
    • Paget Disease of the Breast Paget's disease is a rare form of cancer that forms in or around the nipple and frequently coexists with breast cancer. The exact...learn more »
      In This Article
      Paget Disease of the Breast Article
      • Paget disease of the breast facts*
      • Paget disease of the breast key points
      • What is Paget disease of the breast?
      • Who gets Paget disease of the breast?
      • What causes Paget disease of the breast?
      • What are the symptoms of Paget disease of the breast?
      • How is Paget disease of the breast diagnosed?
      • How is Paget disease of the breast treated?
      • What is the prognosis for people with Paget disease of the breast?
      • What research studies are under way on Paget disease of the breast?
    • Breast Cancer Breast cancer is an invasive tumor that develops in the mammary gland. Breast cancer is detected via mammograms, breast...learn more »
      In This Article
      Breast Cancer Article
      • Breast cancer facts
      • What is breast cancer?
      • What are the different types of breast cancer?
      • What are the statistics on male breast cancer?
      • What causes breast cancer?
      • What are breast cancer risk factors?
      • What are breast cancer symptoms and signs?
      • How do physicians diagnose breast cancer?
      • How is breast cancer staging determined?
      • What is the prognosis of breast cancer?
      • What is the treatment for breast cancer?
      • Is it possible to prevent breast cancer?
      • What research is being done on breast cancer? Is it worthwhile to participate in a clinical trial?
      • I may have breast cancer, what questions should I ask my doctor?
      • Is the doctor sure I have breast cancer?
      • What type of breast cancer do I have?
      • What difference does a precise diagnosis make?
      • What has been done to exclude cancer in other areas of the same breast or in my other breast?
      • What type of medical team do I need for the most accurate diagnosis?
      • Is my family history relevant to my breast cancer diagnosis?
      • What other studies should be done on my breast tissue biopsy?
      • How urgent is it that I make decisions and begin treatment?
      • Should I stop taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
      • Even though my breast tumor does not have hormone receptors, should I take tamoxifen to reduce the risk of a new tumor?
      • I have a ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a type of localized cancer. Why have I been advised to have a mastectomy when other women with invasive cancer have lumpectomies?
      • Should I start chemotherapy before surgery?
      • If I am advised to have a mastectomy, what are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction?
      • Should my lymph nodes be removed?
      • What is a sentinel lymph node biopsy, and what are its benefits and risks?
      • Are there any other questions I should ask my doctor?
    • Inflammatory Breast Cancer Inflammatory breast cancer is an accelerated form of breast cancer that is not usually detected by mammogram or ultrasound....learn more »
      In This Article
      Inflammatory Breast Cancer Article
      • Inflammatory breast cancer facts
      • What is inflammatory breast cancer?
      • How is inflammatory breast cancer different from other breast cancers?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose inflammatory breast cancer?
      • What are the stages of inflammatory breast cancer?
      • What is the treatment for inflammatory breast cancer?
      • What are the survival rates and prognosis for inflammatory breast cancer?

Related FAQs, Doctor's & Expert's Views

Procedures & Tests

Health News

Health Features

Tools & References

FDA Drug Labels on RxList.com