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20 Years
39 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Breast Cancer, Breast Neoplasms

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Trial Information

In Western countries, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and
breast cancer screening using mammography has reduced breast cancer mortality by 18-29%. In
Taiwan, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the Bureau of Health
Promotion, Department of Health has started breast cancer screening using mammography in
women between 50 and 69 years old since 2002, between 40 and 49 years old since early 2004.
However, young women at 20 to 39 years of age have never been enrolled in the mass screening
mammography program because of their relatively young age and mammographic findings of
breast cancer in young women were seldom reported.Some authors found out that breast cancer
in young women is more advanced and more often presents with a mass, has higher grade, more
extensively proliferating and vessel invading disease when compared with those in older age
groups. Most intraductal carcinomas (>80%) present as clustered microcalcifications on
mammograms, and the sensitivity of mammography can be reduced in younger, denser breasts.
Given these, mammography seems not to be a proper diagnostic tool for breast cancer women at
a younger age. However, this presumption needs to be clarified since there are neither
definite documented facts regarding breast cancer manifestation of young women on
mammograms, nor documented sensitivity and false-negative rate of mammography in detecting
of breast cancer among young women, at whom mammography is seldom used to be a diagnostic
imaging tool. Our study is conducted to analyze the mammographic findings of breast cancers
in young women between 20 and 39 years of age, regarding tumor size, location, major finding
type, pathology type and grade. We will compare all of the above issues between younger age
group and older age groups (40 to 49 and 50 to 69 years old).The breast ultrasound findings
of the breast cancer among young women will be also compared with their corresponding
mammographic findings, regarding the sensitivity, specificity, false-negative rate and

Inclusion Criteria:

- 20-39 years women with breast cancers

Exclusion Criteria:

- pregnant women

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Defined Population, Observational Model: Natural History, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional, Time Perspective: Retrospective

Principal Investigator

Jane Wang, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

National Taiwan University Hospital


Taiwan: Department of Health

Study ID:




Start Date:

January 1998

Completion Date:

December 2005

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Breast neoplasms
  • breast radiography
  • young women.
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Neoplasms