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{January 15, 2010}   Young Women and Breast Cancer

In AARP they listed the following information. They (referring to younger women) often hugely overestimate their risk.  A recent USA Today/Gallup P0ll found that 40% of women surveyed estimated that a 40-year olds chance of developing breast cancer over the next decade was 20-50 percent.  The real risk is 1.4 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute.

The problem with widespread screening of breast cancer is that it increases the detection and treatment of small-slow growing tumors that never cause any harm, while failing to detect aggressive tumors known as interval cancers that occur between screenings and grow swiftly.  There is risk with repeated radiation screening, even if small.  There is stress caused by a false positives, and there are many cases of over treatment of small, slow growing cancer that will never develop into anything that puts one at risk.

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