“Should Breast Cancer in Young Women Be Treated Differently?” By BCC member Jody Schoger, Cure

Even after Ghecemy Lopez, 32, discovered a lump in her right breast and had a mammogram, she still couldn’t imagine she had cancer. She thought breast cancer struck older women, not someone her age. She got the same impression from the admitting clerk at her mammogram who asked, “Why are you here?” But young women, as Lopez and many other women discover each year, can and do get breast cancer.

Experts note that breast cancers in young women tend to follow certain characteristics, which may determine type of treatment.

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