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A 45-year-old member asked:

im sixteen years old and have found a lump in my breastcould it be breast cancer?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Unlikely: An overwhelming majority of breast lumps in teenagers are benign tumors, called fibroadenomas. I recommend that you tell your parents what you have found so that they can schedule an appointment with your pediatrician. They will likely order a painless test (an ultrasound) and refer you to a breast specialist to seek out their opinion.
Dr. Hindi Mermelstein
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Most breast lumps are benign but should be checked out. Go see your doctor who can help you. Good luck and good health
Dec 12, 2014
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Most likely not: Eventhough it is possible, your age is too young for typical presentation. Other non-malignant conditions are more likely the cause. See a doctor.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Possible but rare: While this is a possibility, it is highly unlikely. Benign breast masses are very common in young women. In particularly thin women, normal breast tissue can feel like a mass. Pay close attention and do not ignore and discuss with your primary care physician. Call sooner for a changing or growing mass or one associated with discharge,

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a 16 year old get breast cancer?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Adam Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Sure but...: Incredibly unlikely. If you have any concerns, please get your 16 year old checked by her doc. Good luck.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
16 year old can have non-cancerous lumps like cysts or fibroadenomas. Follow Dr. Newman's advice and see your doctor
Jul 29, 2012
A 44-year-old member asked:

Need docs help! I am scared I have breast cancer. Only 16 years old please help!?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Get a physical exami: Breast lumps, usually benign can develop in younger women. If you feel a lump, get a physical examination done by your doctor.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I need your expertise, is 16 years old to young to get breast cancer?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It would not be: Likely at this age. Are there significant risk factors? Factors include: being female, increasing age, genetics, family history of breast cancer, previous breast cancer, being caucasian, dense breast tissue, some previous benign breast conditions, never having given birth or 1st child after age 30, early menarche, late menopause, radiation (chest), exposure to diethylstilbestrol, hormone.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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after menopause, oral contraceptives, obesity, heavier alcohol use. Etc.
Dec 17, 2013
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A 16-year-old female asked:

Both my breasts feel very hard and lumpy all around. Could it be because they are still growing? Its getting me worried about breast cancer. Im 16yo

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Breasts: Your breasts may be lumpy because you have fibrocysts which is a benign condition. No treatment is required if you are not in pain, but you should make routine examinations with your doctor for periodic follow-up care
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A 26-year-old female asked:

Can a 16 year old get breast cancer? And how exactly are the breast cancer lumps?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Marek
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Unlikely: Unlikely but not impossible. The youngest Breast cancer patient I have worked with was 18. That said, when you are examining your breasts you are feeling for a place that is different from the rest. It is normal for a young female to have dense breasts with "lumps". Hormone changes can also make cystic areas in the tissue. If you have an area that concerns you please ask your GYN or PCP

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