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Perris, California
A 17-year-old female asked:

How can i get rid of hair on my boobs? i shave them is that bad? im scared i might get breast cancer..

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Unwarranted worry: Having hair on your breast and shaving the hair on your brewsts are not in any way risk factors for cancer.
Dr. Stuart Winkler
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis 49 years experience
Shaving breasts: The cause of breast cancer(BC) often is genetic and has nothing to do with shaving one's breasts. Check your family history for any predisposition towards breast cancer. When you are older mammograms should be done. The newest recommendation is that women between the ages of 50 and 75 should have a mammogram ever 1-2 yrs but earlier if a relative has BC.
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Hirsutism: Chest female hairiness may be genetic or a hormonal imbalance commonly seen in Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. This condition also presents with acne and menstrual irregularity. You may want to discuss this with your doctor who can order blood work to confirm dx. Shaving wont increase cancer but it may irritate your skin, try Eflornithine hydrochloride 13.9% cream, Vaniqa for gentle hair removal.

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