Fast Five Quiz: Breast Cancer Myths

Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH


April 20, 2021

One of the largest studies to date to compare tumor histopathology, presentation stage, and care patterns in young vs elderly patients with breast cancer found that women aged 45 years or younger and women aged 75 years or older have similar probabilities of being diagnosed with metastatic disease. Thus, clinicians must remember that older women who are diagnosed with what are typically deemed less aggressive tumor phenotypes still face the possibility of having metastatic disease.

Women younger than 40 years generally have worse cancer-specific survival than older patients. This is thought to result from the higher-grade and higher-stage tumors more commonly found in younger compared with older patients.

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