Dr. Constance Chen wants more young women to check their breasts.
“If you have boobs, you can get breast cancer,” she explained. “Some people think that if you’re under the age of 40, you don’t need a mammogram. Wrong. Some people think that if you have nobody in your family who has ever had breast cancer, you’re good. That’s not true.”
Dr. Chen wants everyone to know that more than 90% of women who develop breast cancer, have no family history of it. Additionally, more than 11,000 U.S. women under 40 were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.
“I think as young women, sometimes we see media images kind of thrown at us. You know, we want to be skinnier, we want to have bigger boobs. We want this, we want that,” she explained. “That’s all great but at the end of the day, what about just staying healthy? You want bigger boobs? What about just having boobs?”
In 2017, more than 85,000 women ages 20-29 got breast augmentation. But Dr. Chen says too often, patients don’t look into their breast health prior to surgery.
“If you want breast implants, cool. If you want breast reduction, I’ll do what I can. But before you get the surgery, get a mammogram,” she stated.
In order to stay on top of their breast health, Dr. Chen encourages women to get regular self-check and physicians’ exams.