A 37-year-old member asked:
can a teenager die from breast cancer?
3 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 34 years experience
Theoretically, yes..: ...But highly unlikely. The incidence of breast cancer in teenagers is exceedingly low, less than 1 in a million in the US. If a teenager were diagnosed with breast cancer, the chance for cure would be no different than an adult, based on the stage of cancer at diagnosis.
Pathology 23 years experience
Unlikely: It is rare for primary breast cancer to arise in the teenage years. But since you are aware of this disease, don't forget to discuss mammograms and pap smears with doctor.
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Rare: It would be exceedingly rare.
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