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Study looks at younger women and Triple Negative Breast Cancer

A new study will look at the psycho-social issues confronting younger women battling triple negative breast cancer, according to a recent report from WKYC News in Dallas, Texas.

While the American Cancer Society recommends women over the age of 40 to have yearly mammograms, it is not unheard of for younger women to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Triple negative breast cancer often strikes younger populations, particularly Hispanic or African-American women. It falls under the category of cancers that are related to BRCA-1 gene mutations.

While triple negative breast cancer is non-hormonal, it is a very aggressive type of cancer that can lead to stress and other psychological concerns, especially for young women facing emerging careers and families.

Georita Frierson is a health psychologist at Southern Methodist University where she plans to survey about 60 women with breast cancer about their physical activity, nutrition, body image and anxiety levels, among other things.

"We don't know anything about this population psychologically," said Frierson, who hopes to use the study results as a way to construct methods for better psychological care geared at young women with breast cancer.

Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is more likely to metastasize than other cancers and is often hard to treat, according to the TNBC Foundation.
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