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Breast Cancer Hits Young Women

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Cancer is something that can affect anyone at any age. And, that age is getting younger.

Medical research shows that breast cancer is being found in younger women. According to Trinity Health, all the medical guidelines suggest women do not require a mammography until they're at least 40 years old. Even some government organizations say woman do not need to be screened until they're 50. So, should younger women get screened in order to detect cancer?

"Mammography is less helpful in young women because they still have dense breast tissue because they're still hormonally active. They haven't gone through menopause yet. So, mammography is a slightly less benefit in them. But, nonetheless, it could still be a really good test even in those young women as well," says radiologist Dr. Kenneth Keller, Trinity Health.

Dr. Keller stresses the importance of self breast exams on a regular basis until you meet the requirement to receive a screening.

 

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