Metastasis risk much higher in young breast cancer patients

One in four young Australian women diagnosed with non-metastatic cancer will see their cancer spread within five years, researchers say.

Their retrospective study of nearly all NSW women diagnosed with localised or regional breast cancer between 2001 and 2007 showed those under 40 had an almost threefold greater five-year risk of progressing to metastatic disease.

However once metastatic breast cancer had been diagnosed, overall survival for younger and older women was similar (18 vs 14 months), the authors from