A 34-year-old female asked:

I read somewhere that if a woman gets her period before 12 years of age she is higher risk for endometrial and breast cancer. is this true ? i got mine at 11 and half years of age?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
While early onset of menstrual periods have some association with eventual development of breast cancer, I believe that association with uterine and ovarian cancer has been quite inconsistent. Also I believe that late onset of periods doesn't necessarily protect you from developing these cancers. Don't obsess about cancer. Just get your regular checkups during the years.
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