Narrator: This is Science Today. Younger women diagnosed with breast cancer may be more likely than older women to have lower quality of life years after diagnosis. Dr. Patricia Ganz of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center , led a multi-ethnic study of nearly six hundred women who were age fifty or younger when they were first diagnosed with breast cancer.
Ganz: While physical functioning was very good and normal across all of the subgroups in terms of youngest to oldest, for emotional functioning, the youngest women – that is women who were 25 to 34 at their diagnosis – there was still a substantial amount of ongoing distress.
Narrator: Ganz says that's probably because many such young women feel invulnerable to such a serious, life-threatening illness in the prime of their lives. Ganz says this study may help doctors.
Ganz: Instead of just saying, oh, you should better, you're just not taking things well. I think this kind of data puts things in perspective that this is a pretty common finding and she's not unusual.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.