More Younger Women Diagnosed With Advanced Breast Cancer: Study

Small, but steady, increase over past 30 years warrants further research, experts say.

Over the past 30 years, the number of cases of metastatic breast cancer in women under the age of 40 has tripled, experts say.

Survivorship programs at hospitals help address the long-term needs of people who have had cancer.

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Lichtenfeld said the finding "emphasizes the importance of breast self-awareness, that no one knows your body better than you do."

Some younger women with symptoms may be dismissed by the doctor who sees them, Vito said. "It is not unusual for a woman who is 25 to 39 with a breast lump to have sought consultation with multiple doctors before getting an appropriate work-up," she said.

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To learn about early detection of breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

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