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September 1965

Carcinoma of Breast in Young Girls

Author Affiliations

From the surgery section, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1965;91(3):386-389. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1965.01320150016003

CARCINOMA of the breast seen in youth is a medical curiosity. The incidence of breast carcinoma is extremely low under the age of 30 years.

In Haagensen's Presbyterian Hospital data, only 1.8% of 1,544 patients were under the age of 30.6 Below the age of 25 the disease is rare. Only four patients were under 25; the youngest was 22.

Below the age of 20, carcinoma of the breast is a medical curiosity. In Pirquet's tabulation of English mortality data, 70,247 deaths from breast carcinoma are reviewed.13 There was one case of a child under the age of 5 years, one case between the ages of 10 and 14, five cases between the ages of 15 and 19, and 27 cases between the ages of 20 and 24.

Ficke and Reissig, in a collected series of cases totaling 5,406, found eight carcinomas in the age group of 20