Advanced breast cancer surges slightly in young women

May 15 2013 - 9:19am

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Advanced breast cancer among younger women has increased slightly over the last three decades, leaving researchers scratching their heads as to the reason.

According to an article published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found a small increase in advanced breast cancer in women ages 25 to 39. The study, conducted by Seattle Children's Hospital, found that advanced cases climbed to 2.9 per 100,000 younger women in 2009, from 1.53 per 100,000 women in 1976.

Though small, the increase is worrisome, according to the researchers, because the cancer had spread to organs such as the liver and lungs by the time it was discovered.

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