October 15, 2021
WEDNESDAY, October 13, 2021 (CBS News) — From 2000 to 2015, there was a more than 4% increase each year of stage 4 breast cancer cases in women under 40. That’s according to a study published in the journal Radiology.
Researchers who worked on the study say that’s significant. Senior medical correspondent Dr. Tara Narula shares the story of a 30-year-old woman who has stage 4 breast cancer and looks at what may be behind this concerning trend.
“The thought of stage 4 breast cancer in your 20’s or 30’s seems unimaginable…until it happens…truly in a moment my worst nightmare became my reality. In March, I celebrated being three years cancer-free, my heart bursting with gratitude.” Paige Stables, a Beauty Editor at Allure Magazine, opens up on her journey with stage 4 cancer.
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Many people avoid a doctor’s office for screenings like a mammogram or pap smear at the start of the pandemic.
But now, all these months later, things aren’t much better.
“In spite of the fact that many restrictions have been lifted, 50 percent of women still haven’t scheduled a visit with their primary care physician or their OBGYN and that’s pretty startling,” said Dr. Angela Jones.
The survey was conducted by Prevent Cancer Foundation.
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