Watch our online Q&A as we broadcast live from Federation Square in Melbourne
All women are at risk of developing breast cancer and the risk greatly increases with age with most cases of breast cancer occurring in women over the age of 50. However, young women diagnosed with breast cancer can often face unique challenges and are more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive type of cancer.
The definition of ‘young women’ in the breast cancer sense, refers to women who are pre-menopausal or 40 years and younger. Approximately 7% of breast cancers diagnosed in Australia are women in this age group, which equates to approximately 1,000 women each year – 79 of these women are estimated to die from the disease.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. But for those aged 20-39 years in Australia, it is also the most common cause of cancer death.
Some of the challenges facing young women diagnosed with breast cancer may include premature menopause, fertility and sexuality issues, and the impact of breast cancer on caring for young children, education and careers. As a result, young women may experience higher levels of medical and psychosocial distress following a diagnosis.
In our next Q&A event, moderated by Author and Journalist Annabel Crabb, our leading researchers and breast cancer experts will discuss breast cancer in young women.
Discussion will include research and clinical trials to improve treatments and prevention strategies, the psychological impact of breast cancer, treating breast cancer with a multidisciplinary team and support for young women.
This event will be broadcast live from Federation Square in Melbourne and is part of the Breast Cancer Trials 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting.More Info