Breast cancer

Breast cancer in young women

If you’re a young woman recently diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re not alone.

While most cases of breast cancer occur in women over 50, around 400 New Zealand women under the age of 44 are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. These days, breast cancer is much more treatable if detected early, and there are many women still thriving decades after experiencing breast cancer at a young age.

Younger women share some things in common with older women going through breast cancer. The tests for breast cancer, receiving biopsy results, the surgical options and the types of treatment are usually similar. But there are specific concerns more relevant to younger women, which are covered here.