The following material has been sourced from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Breast cancer in young women
While breast cancer in young women is relatively rare, the number of young women diagnosed with the disease each year is not insignificant.
Young women (aged 20 - 39)
- more than 2 breast cancers diagnosed every day
- more than 1 death every week
in 2015, an estimated 795 young women will be diagnosed with and 65 will die from breast cancer.
Five-year relative survival is lower in young women.
- Aged 20-39 - 88%
- Aged 40+ - 90%
Five-year relative survival has improved for young women.
- 1982 - 1986: 72%
- 2007 - 2011: 88%
Five-year relative survival is lower for large tumours than small tumours for young women.
- Small cancers (<15mm) - 93% survival
- Very large cancers (≥50mm) - 78% survival
For small breast cancers (<15mm) young women have lower survival compared with women aged 40+
- young women (aged 20-39) - 93% survival
- older women (aged 40+) - 99% survival