I try to feel ‘the ladies’ up as regularly as possible, an ode to the best advice I have ever received from a gynecologist: ‘no one will ever feel for imperfections as well as you do. Young women often face a unique set of concerns. Roughly 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are linked to inherited gene mutations. Breast cancer is rare in your 20s or 30s, accounting for less than 5 percent of all cases, but it’s the most common cancer for women in this age group. , Breast Cancer (C50), Age-Standardised One-Year Net Survival, Women (Aged 15-99), England and Wales, 1971-2011, Five- and ten-year survival has increased by an even greater amount than one-year survival since the early 1970s. Net survival can be greater than 100% because it accounts for background mortality. As I was prepped for the biopsy, the radiologist came in and said, ‘sweetie, I am so glad you felt this.’, 11 Quotes on Minimalism That Will Inspire You to Live a Simpler LifeOil Pulling: The Natural Way To Whiter, Healthier Teeth?How Healthy Is The Vegan Diet? If you’re a hipster, train your messenger pigeons. Oncofertility allowed me to keep a choice that cancer wanted to take away, and it’s a promising option for any pre-menopausal woman who’s been diagnosed. ❤, A photo posted by Jen Hodson (@jenhods) on Jan 18, 2017 at 3:25pm PST. A woman’s risk of breast cancer throughout her 30s is just 1 in 227, or about 0.4 percent. Breast Cancer, Age-Standardised One-, Five- and Ten-Year Net Survival, Adults (Aged 15-99), England, 2013-2017. #breastcancer #cancerhods, A photo posted by Jen Hodson (@jenhods) on Dec 10, 2016 at 5:55am PST, Thankfully, I had an amazing trip to Iceland planned in between the lumpy discovery and ultrasound finale, which served as a tolerable distraction. Regular breast exams done at least every 3 years by your doctor are recommended for women beginning at age 20. Understanding the statistics, as well as your personal risk factors, can help with early diagnosis and treatment. At age 20 the risk of breast cancer is one in 1,732. , Breast Cancer, Age-Standardised One-, Five- and Ten-Year Net Survival, Adults (Aged 15-99), England, 2013-2017, Breast cancer survival continues to fall beyond five years after diagnosis. ‘You’re so young, it’s probably nothing,’ he said. Interested in an overview for Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland? Not only does it wreak havoc on my immune system, cause harsh physical side effects, and generally take up time in which I would otherwise be frolicking, it could render me infertile. Routine screening isn’t recommended for this age group, so diagnosis can be difficult. One-year net survival for breast cancer is highest for patients diagnosed at Stage 1, and lowest for those diagnosed at Stage 4, as 2013-2017 data for England show. , Breast Cancer (C50), Five-Year Net Survival by Age, Women, England, 2009-2013, Breast cancer (invasive) incidence statistics by age, In situ breast cancer incidence statistics by age, Breast cancer mortality statistics by age, Cancer mortality statistics by age for all cancers, Data is for: England, 2009-2013, ICD-10 C50, As with most cancers, survival for female breast cancer is improving. See information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of our statistics. Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Experts Weigh In. Here, Jennifer shares her personal journey with bravery, vulnerability and an unshakeable sense of humor, in the hope that her fellow twenty-somethings will make a habit of checking their breasts, too.