Advanced Breast Cancer in Young Women Increasing

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A study published in February 2013 seems to indicate that the incidence of advanced breast cancer in young women is increasing. The study used data from the U.S. National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database and examined the number of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to distant sites (like the lungs or brain) by the time of diagnosis.

The researchers studied women of all age groups in the U.S. from 1976 to 2009, but an increase in advanced breast cancer was only apparent in young women (defined as 25- to 39-year-olds for this study). In 1976, there were 1.53 per 100,000 women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in the 25 to 39 year age group. This increased to 2.90 per 100,000 in 2009. The increase occurred across all races and ethnic groups but was higher in non-Hispanic white and African American women.

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