Local health professional says 'breast cancer patients getting younger'
A new study led by researchers from the University of Iowa show women are developing breast cancer at a younger age.
Casey Waddle, a nurse practitioner at CHI Memorial Breast Care Associates, agrees.
"It doesn't pick and choose so you know, the guidelines say women at 40 should get screening mammograms," Waddle said. "But you know, I could name a handful of women in their 30's or younger that have breast cancer that we take care of every day."
She said her youngest breast cancer patient is just 20-years-old.
In a press release from the University of Iowa, new research shows a growing percentage of younger women getting breast cancer, specifically women ages 20 to 29.
Researchers found the patients in the 20's had a lower 10-year survival rate compared to the 30 to 40-year-old patients.
Waddle said it's important women check themselves, regardless of their age.
"The main important thing is to be familiar with your own breast tissue so that you can tell when something is different," Waddle said.
If you notice something different in your breasts, she suggests you contain your doctor.