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The incidence of breast cancer in women under the age of 40 has remained steady over the past 20 years. About 700 women under 40 are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year.
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While survival from breast cancer has increased in all age groups over recent years, the survival rate in women under the age of 40 is lower compared with older women. This is because cancers in younger women tend to be more aggressive.
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Mammography screening is effective in detecting early signs of breast cancer in older women, but is not effective in younger women. Younger women's breasts are very dense and appear like white cotton wool on a mammogram, making any early signs of cancer harder to see
 
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BREAST CHANGES

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