I Am Under 50
Breast cancer can be even more challenging to treat in younger women because of the lasting effects associated with certain therapies, particularly those that are hormonal. While the estrogen that your ovaries produce can fuel hormonally-driven tumors, putting a stopper on that hormone can lead to infertility.
This is where testing becomes critical. While some diagnostic tests may regard a young woman as having an aggressive cancer that is like to recur, genomic tests could reveal that the cancer isn’t actually that serious and doesn’t require radical or hormonal therapy. In that case, she could save herself from unnecessary treatments that may reduce ovarian function and eventually have the family she always wanted.