A: Dr. Harness Answers the Question

In this clip, Jay Harness, MD, FACS explains how common breast cancer is in younger women.

Breast cancer in younger women is not very common. As an example, I am taking care of a 30-year-old right now with breast cancer and that is really unusual.

In my entire career the youngest patient I have ever seen or treated was 24. I have only taken care of five to eight patients in their 20s in my entire 26-year career in this area.

As women get into the 30s it's a little more common, and then depending on how we define 'young' -- early 40s, again it becomes more common so the incidence goes up.

Again, the most common age group for breast cancer is as women get older and the incidence certainly increases as women get into their 50s.

What's really important about this? This group of patients typically presents with a large palpable lump. They are almost never diagnosed by any screening technique because screening is not indicated until age 40.

The key factor here is genetic testing because the younger a patient is, presenting with breast cancer, the greater their odds that they could be carrying a gene for breast cancer.

Younger women in my view really need to be in a multidisciplinary center and a multidisciplinary team taking care of them.

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\cf0 \ In my entire career the youngest patient I
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have ever seen or treated was 24. I have only taken care of five to eight patients in their
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20s in my entire 26-year career in this area. \
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\ As women get into the 30s it\'92s a little
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more common, and then depending on how we define \'91young\'92 \'96 early 40s, again
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it becomes more common so the incidence goes up. \
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\ Again, the most common age group for breast
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cancer is as women get older and the incidence certainly increases as women get into their
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50s. \ \
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What\'92s really important about this? This group of patients typically presents with
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a large palpable lump. They are almost never diagnosed by any screening technique because
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screening is not indicated until age 40. \ \
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The key factor here is genetic testing because the younger a patient is, presenting with
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breast cancer, the greater their odds that they could be carrying a gene for breast cancer.
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Younger women in my view really need to be in a multidisciplinary center and a multidisciplinary
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team taking care of them. \ \
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\ Hi, I am Dr. Jay Harness and I want to share
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with you important information that I believe that every newly diagnosed patient with breast
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cancer needs to know. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor and I want every woman to know about personal life, breast
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cancer treatment and the genomic test \'96 a test that helps guide a woman and her doctor
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to the best treatment options for her. \ \
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Pass it on! \ \
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