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Study: Breast Cancer Rates Rising in Young Women

Breast Cancer Study

Breast Cancer Study

A new breast cancer study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is leaving researchers puzzled.

FOX News Radio’s Lisa Brady explains why:

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Breast cancer is still considered uncommon in women under age 40, hence that threshold for screening guidelines.  So researchers comparing 1976 to 2009 were surprised to find a small, but significant increase in advanced cases of breast cancer in women ages 25-39.

(Dr. Pederson) “It can present at a much later stage and be much more deadly.”

…Dr. Holly Pederson at Cleveland Clinic – not part of the study, led by researchers in Washington state who say there’s probably more than one reason. ¬†Theories range from population and lifestyle changes to later pregnancies and hormone use, perhaps spreading a tumor more quickly. ¬†For now, no one knows for sure.

Lisa Brady, FOX News Radio.