Lifestyle factors could put college-age women at higher risk of breast cancer

October 28th, 2013 in Cancer /

Breast cancer prevention needs to become a shared conversation among women of all ages as it can strike at any age, and is generally more aggressive when diagnosed in women under the age of 50. With hopes to spark that discussion, Isabelle Mercier, PhD, a research assistant professor at University of the Sciences, compiled some key prevention awareness tips for young women.

"Unfortunately, college-age women generally do not consider themselves at risk for breast cancer," said Dr. Mercier. "However, there are several that contribute to the development of breast cancer that need to be understood early in life to prevent the development of breast cancer down the road."

By the end of 2013, more than 230,000 new cases of are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. Of those cases, approximately 40,000 individuals will not survive, said Dr. Mercier. Women in their early 20s need to become aware of some key risk factors associated with breast cancer:

An important part of Dr. Mercier's research focuses on cancer prevention. The role of vitamin C intake on breast cancer development, progression, recurrence and response to anti-cancer therapy remains unclear. That's why Dr. Mercier and her research team are currently studying the role of dietary supplements on cancer risk, as well as evaluating new biomarkers for early detection of . She received her PhD in physiology and BS in biochemistry from University of Montreal.

Provided by University of the Sciences

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