FOX News recently reported on the story of a young woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 25. Liz Cooper noticed a lump in her armpit near her right breast. When it had not gone away two weeks later, she made an appointment to have it examined. An ultrasound and biopsy confirmed breast cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 1B invasive micropapillary breast carcinoma and micrometastasis in the lymph nodes, according to FOX News.
Most women diagnosed with breast cancer in the US are age 50 or older, but breast cancer diagnoses in young women is not unheard of. The rates of breast cancer in young women vary slightly depending on the organization providing the stats. According to the Susan G. Komen® organization, fewer than 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the US are in women under the age of 40. According to the CDC, 11 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the US are in women under the age of 45.
Cooper opted for a bilateral mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. She is currently in the process of getting her permanent breast implants for breast reconstruction, after having her tissues prepared for the procedure with tissue expanders. We wish her well on her journey to fight the disease and restore her body. Cooper urges young women to go to their routine wellness exams and to schedule an appointment anytime they suspect a lump or some other breast change, regardless of age.