Outcomes among women younger than age 40 in a state breast cancer screening program

John T. Vetto, Amanda J. Wheeler, Maureen Toomey, Katherine J. Schmidt

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Background: The value of entering women younger than age 40 in breast cancer screening programs (SPs) remains unclear. Methods: Data from the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) for the period December 31, 2000 through July 1, 2003 were reviewed with a focus on women 39 years of age or younger. Information on cancers detected in this group was extracted from The Oregon State Cancer Registry. Results: Of the 13,636 women screened, 797 (5.8%) were younger than 40 (mean age 31.9 years). A total of 20.6% of the women were asymptomatic and therefore represented true incidence screening, while 79.4% were referred to the program for symptoms (prevalence screen). A total of 125 biopsies were done out of 797 women, which yielded 5 cancers. All 5 of these patients were symptomatic at presentation and had a negative family history. Conclusions: There are as yet no data in our state breast cancer SP to support screening of asymptomatic women younger than 40.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-640
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Breast cancer
  • Screening program
  • Young women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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