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J Natl Cancer Inst. 1987 Aug;79(2):239-43.

Rising incidence of breast cancer among young women in Washington State.


The prevalence of several known or suspected risk factors for breast cancer is changing among young women. The time trend in incidence of breast cancer among young women in western Washington was analyzed as a possible predictor of trends in future incidence rates. Data were from the Seattle-Puget Sound Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results cancer registry. For women age 25-44 years (n = 1,869 cases), the incidence of breast cancer increased by 22% (P less than .001) between the time periods 1974-77 and 1982-84. The estimated annual increase was 2.5% (P less than .001). The increase in incidence over time appeared to be greater among those residing in low-income census tracts of urban counties and among black women. Possible relationships between the observed increase in rates and trends of risk factors for breast cancer are discussed.

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