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A 20-year-old female asked:

i'm a twenty years old with a family history of breast cancer. i noticed a lump that has grown over the past few months. should i be concerned?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brandon Elrod
General Practice 11 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely at the age of 20 that it would be breast cancer. However, if you are concerned and have a family history, you should have an exam performed by your primary care provider.
Dr. Craig Lum
Dr. Craig Lum answered
General Surgery 25 years experience
Have it checked: At your age, it is unlikely to be breast cancer, rather it is probably a benign lesion. Pending on the age your family members were diagnosed with breast cancer can have a bearing on whether or not you should be concerned. With your family history of breast cancer, it wouldn't hurt to have it checked out.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Obvious: I think the fact that you asked the question shows that you are concerned, and with some reason. Although it is rare for someone your age to have breast cancer, it can happen--particularly in women with a strong family history, or known carriers of the breast cancer genes brca1 or brca2. Please see your doctor who can better assess your risk.

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