Breast cancer may be viewed as something that affects women over 40, but the truth is that breast cancer can and does affect younger women as well. Risk factors for breast cancer include a family history of it or other breast diseases, radiation therapy to the chest, BRCA gene mutations, and high intake of alcohol or red meat, plus other factors. One of the difficulties with diagnosing with breast cancer in younger women is that it can be more difficult in women with denser breasts and the cancer may be more aggressive. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how breast cancer in young women is contracted, how to treat it, and much more.
Just a few months before she learned that she had breast cancer, Christina Applegate got a shocking insight into the struggles faced by other young women who are also at high risk for the disease -- and who don’t have the resources of a Hollywood celebrity.