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Monday, 26 October 2015

Breast cancer in young women: key facts about breast cancer in women in their 20s and 30s (AIHW)

Breast cancer in young women: key facts about breast cancer in women in their 20s and 30s is the first national report presenting key data specific to breast cancer in women in their 20s and 30s. This report provides an overview of breast cancer, risk factors for young women, breast cancer detection and diagnosis methods, and key summary measures including incidence, hospitalisations, survival and mortality.

'In 2015, it is projected that 795 young women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 65 will die from it, which is an average of 2 diagnoses a day and 1 death a week,' said AIHW spokesperson Justin Harvey.

In 2007-11, women aged 20-39 had an 88% chance of surviving for five years after diagnosis, compared to the 90% survival rate for women aged 40 and over. This is an improvement from 1982-1986, when five-year survival for this age group was 72%.

View the media release and download the full report for free online.

There is also a bookmark and a slide pack available.

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