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Article, Sunday Telegraph, young women with breast cancer, some with secondaries.

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Downbutnotout
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Re: Article, Sunday Telegraph, young women with breast cancer, some with secondaries.

I was diagnosed aged 46 years, never smoked, haven't drunk alcohol (other than maybe a glass of wine once every couple of years) for about 20 years, slim, fit and very active, no family history of it, but the only thing to increase my risk was not having had children. I do wonder if stress has played a major part - my former onc suggested I'd probably had the disease for 10-15 years. But I think getting Lyme disease 2 years before diagnosis sent it into overdrive and made it become very aggressive.

 

Belinda - your comment about Chernobyl is interesting. I live in Cumbria and I've often pondered the high incidence of people in the village where I lived with my parents, and the very small hamlet where I spent 16 years helping my ex on his hill farm, who have died at a young age from cancer of various types. Does make you wonder if there's a link.

bc-lass
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Re: Article, Sunday Telegraph, young women with breast cancer, some with secondaries.

I do think stress has played a big part in my diagnosis. Trying to cope with an anorexic child the last 4 yrs has taken its toll. The timing seems too much if a coincidence.
belinda
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Re: Article, Sunday Telegraph, young women with breast cancer, some with secondaries.

I have absolutely no medical, scientific knowledge but have often wondered if our Mother's taking the early contraceptive pill, the increased oestrogen now found in our drinking water, or even the Chernobyl accident?At the time it happened it was said it would show an increase in years to come in all types of cancer across Europe. I don't tick any of the smoking, drinking, obesity boxes, was a young Mum, breast fed for a long time, active. But then so did pretty much all my young friends who have died. In fact thinking about those I have known the majority bar a couple of friends were all pre menopausal.
bc-lass
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Re: Article, Sunday Telegraph, young women with breast cancer, some with secondaries.

Whats causing all these young diagnoses though. Its meant to be an older ladies disease.
belinda
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Re: Article, Sunday Telegraph, young women with breast cancer, some with secondaries.

I was diagnosed with secondaries early 40's. Have known friends in their 20's, 30's, all with secondaries.
bc-lass
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Re: Article, Sunday Telegraph, young women with breast cancer, some with secondaries.

Why is this happening? Im 46 but some are so young!
belinda
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Article, Sunday Telegraph, young women with breast cancer, some with secondaries.