But, the difference was largely confined to short-term survival. Long-term survival rates for these women were similar to those for older women. This is because TNBC usually recurs quickly, with cases spiking in the first three years and dropping significantly after that.
The women in the study were breast cancer patients who were 15 to 39 at diagnosis. Roughly 20 percent of those were triple-negative. Those living in poor neighborhoods, with pubic insurance, and who were African-American fared worst.
The takeaway: Make sure the young women in your life get tested, pay attention to their bodies, and take symptoms very seriously. Early treatment is essential.
• Read more about TNBC in my book, Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.
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