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Published:March 16th, 2009 16:57 EST
Women Under 35 with Breast Cancer Confront New Risk

Women Under 35 with Breast Cancer Confront New Risk

By Christopher HIllenbrand

A recent study published in the March 1 issue of International Journal of Radiation Oncology/Biology/Physics reveals that breast cancer is more likely to reoccur in a woman under 35 undergoing less radical treatment, compared to older women enduring the same types of treatment.


Researchers from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center studied the treatments of 652 breast cancer patients in the span of three decades. In their analysis, they discovered that younger women had a higher probability of averting the cancer`s reemergence if they had a masectomy with adjuvent radiation therapy instead of just the breast-conserving therapy of masectomy alone. Their conclusions were nearly identical pertaining all forms and stages of the disease in all the test subjects. Research scientists hypothesize that a reasonable explanation behind the study`s results is because the disease has been found to be more biological aggressive in younger women.


In a statement at an American Society for Radiation Oncology news release, the study`s chief author, Dr. Beth Beadle said: "locoregional recurrence after optimal breast cancer treatment in young women remains a significant problem. Our study hopefully will help radiation oncologists plan therapies for younger breast cancer patients, who have inferior outcomes compared to older patients, and generate new interest in prospective studies to evaluate the best treatment strategies for these young women."