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|Types and Stages of Breast Cancer
Questions about the different types and stages of breast cancer.
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|9/1/2006||I was recently diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma at age 39. I have noticed that there are not many young women with this diagnosis. I am curious about the incidence of this type of cancer in premenopausal women--particularly in those of us under 40. What is the current thinking about this type of breast cancer in young women? Is there a different set of risk factors, presentation, and prognosis? Thank you!|
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|9/1/2006||15% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have this type. so you are not alone. it covers the full age range as well. you hear more about invasive ductal simply because it is the most common-- thank 70% being that kind. no difference in risk factors. presentation can be slightly different in that it sometimes it harder to see clearly on mammogram and grows a bit differently, sometimes making it harder to get margins easily around it.|
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