Young breast cancer patients in the developing world: incidence, choice of surgical treatment and genetic factors

DOI: 10.1080/20742835.2009.11441131
Author(s): W M KrugerGeneral Practitioner with special interest in breast health in private practice,, J P ApffelstaedtProfessor in Surgery, University of Stellenbosch Head,


Carcinoma of the breast is the most common cause of cancer in women in Western society. Although breast cancer occurs predominantly in older premenopausal and postmenopausal women, it also occurs in young women. Literature defines breast cancer in a young woman (or early onset breast cancer) as occurring in a woman less than 35 years of age. A diagnosis of breast cancer in a young woman impacts severely on all aspects of her life, as well as on those around her.

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