Advanced Breast Cancer Rates Rising in Younger Women

Leslie Carol Botha: What we are seeing is the cumulative effects of plastics (BPA), heavy metals in our environment and synthetic hormones.  All of these toxins have shown up in the umbilical cords of mothers.  All of these endocrine system disruptors are affecting our hormonal health at and earlier and earlier age. And disruptions in hormone health – affects our breasts.  These toxins are collecting in the fatty tissue in the breast as well.

Dr. Julian is aware of this – as well as other doctors and researchers – but the problem is so huge – it has become a runaway train. Let’s face it people – our environment is killing us.  Many of those great strides made by ‘mankind’ to make our lives easier are killing us softly.

Advanced Breast Cancer Now More Common in Younger Women

MedPage Today
By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: February 26, 2013
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse breast cancer overdiagnosisPlanner

The number of young women presenting with metastatic breast cancer has been slowly but steadily rising over the past 3 decades, a national study found.

The incidence of advanced breast disease among women ages 25 to 39 crept upward by 2.1% per year from 1976 to 2009 (P<0.001), reported Rebecca Johnson, MD, of Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues.

However, the same trend wasn’t seen among older women in the analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, appearing in the Feb. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

These findings are worrying for an “age group that already has the worst prognosis, no recommended routine screening practice, the least health insurance, and the most potential years of life,” the group pointed out.

Why more young women would be presenting with tumors that have already spread to bone, brain, lungs, or other distant sites isn’t clear, they noted.

Rising obesity rates, changes in alcohol and tobacco use, and genetics are possible causes, commented Thomas Julian, MD, director of surgical oncology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Whatever the cause, something needs to be done to find these women at an earlier stage of cancer, he told MedPage Today in an interview.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.