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Breast Cancer Recurrence: Younger Women at Higher Risk

Women Under 45 With Early Breast Cancer Appear at Highest Risk of Having Cancer Return, Study Finds

Age 45 Appears to Be Cutoff continued...

Bruce G. Haffty, MD, head of radiation oncology at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in New Brunswick, tells WebMD that the findings emphasize the need for basic research into why younger women appear to have more biologically aggressive breast cancers.

Also, more younger women need to be included in clinical trials whose goal is to find the best treatment for DCIS, he says.

Kong agrees. Among the options that are being tried and need more study are a boost of radiation to the treated area of the breast and treatment with the breast cancer recurrence prevention pill tamoxifen, she says.

"For some women, the option of mastectomy with reconstruction may be reasonable," Kong says. Asked which women, she says, "Those who seem at higher risk of recurrence. It's a discussion each patient must have with her doctor."

This study was presented at a medical conference. The findings should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.


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