Cancer is not a topic anyone enjoys talking about, but knowing what cancers are most likely to affect certain groups of people can keep you vigilant about watching out for potential symptoms or getting important checkups. There are certain types of cancers that are more likely to affect young women, and they all have their own risk factors. Just because you are a young woman doesn't mean you should freak out and fear these diseases, but it is useful to know how likely you are to get affected and what you can do to prevent getting them.
"Cancers are usually a disease of older people," Claire F. Verschraegen, MS, MD, FACP, Director of the Division of Medical Oncology at The OSU Wexner Medical Center, tells Bustle. "Most cancers occur because older cells have more difficulties to repair themselves, leading to molecular anomalies that favor cancerous growth. In younger people, cancer are often the results of “isolated chromosome translocation,” code for specific abnormal proteins that trigger cancer growth. Sometimes it could be the result of a familial gene trait favoring cancer. Young people are also more susceptible to various infections that can lead to cancer, such as human papillomavirus (HPV) infections or Epstein-Barr virus infections."
Here are seven of the most common cancers that young women develop, including their risk factors and your odds of getting them, according to experts.