Study shows younger generations being diagnosed earlier
Sep 12, 2011
A recent study, which was conducted by researchers from the University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center, found that women with the BRCA mutations may be not only at risk for developing breast cancer and ovarian disease, but they will get it earlier than their family members, according to USA Today.
''We found with some mathematical modeling about a 7.9-year difference between older and newer [generations]," Dr. Jennifer Litton, a breast medical oncologist at the university, told the news source.
In the study, Litton and her team analyzed 132 women with a BRCA-positive breast cancer in two generations of women, with 106 participants having a family member who was diagnosed with the disease at some point. The older generation had a median age of 48, whereas the younger had 42, according to the news provider.
Litton added that now they have to use an increased amount of people to see if the result is the same, the media outlet reports.
According to the Susan G. Komen organization, it is recommended that once women turn 40 that they schedule annual mammograms. If a woman has an extensive family history of the disease, they may want to start earlier in order to catch the disease during the beginning stages of development.