ISSN: 2564-8896
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Preface

VOLUME 69 - NUMBER 4 / July-August (Preface)

Cynthia Villarreal-Garza, Founder and Director of Joven y Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama en México, Mexico, Centro de Cancer de Mama, Hospital Zambrano Hellion, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and Departamento de Investigacion y de Tumores Mamarios, Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia, SSA, Mexico City, Mexico
Andrea Castro-Sanchez, Joven y Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama en México, and Cátedras CONACyT, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, SSA, Mexico

Young women with breast cancer (BC) are a special population with distinctive genetic, clinical, and psychosocial features and requirements based on at least three considerations: (1) Cancer presentation at young age is often diagnosed at advanced stages, hence its prognosis is worse compared to their older counterparts; (2) young BC patients often receive aggressive and prolonged systemic treatments that can be associated with significant longterm morbidity; and (3) young women with BC experience substantial psychosocial vulnerability resulting from high levels of distress and depression associated with oncological interventions. These factors pose complex issues for young patients with BC, particularly in regard to their family dynamics, social and professional lives, and self-development, thereby substantially undermining their quality of life.

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