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Breast cancer in younger women: How does it manifest?

Medical News Today asks two experts about how breast cancer presents in young women. AleksandarNakic/Getty Images

(Kimberly Drake/ Medical News Today) — News reports of singer Sarah Harding’s death at the age of 39 years in early September 2021 following a late breast cancer diagnosis brought breast cancer to the forefront once again. Not only did the news of her passing invoke sadness, but it also brought an awareness that breast cancer can — and does — affect younger women.

Although breast cancer can occur in men, it is most common in women over 50 years of age. Still, younger women are also at risk of the condition.

In this Special Feature, MNT investigates breast cancer in young women and how it differs in younger versus older women. We also talk with two experts about this important topic. (…)