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What differences are seen between breast cancers in younger women and older women?

Elderly women are much more likely to have estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, implying a malignancy that will be more responsive to hormonal manipulation and possibly slower-growing.

Reference: Forciea MA, Schwab EP, Raziano DB, Lavizzo-Mourey RJ: Geriatric Secrets, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Hanley & Belfus, 2004.

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