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Doctor insights on: Are Teenagers Too Young To Get Breast Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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How common is it to get breast cancer as a teenager?

How common is it to get breast cancer as a teenager?

Almost-never.: The statistical probability of getting breast cancer in your teens is lower than the odds of winning the lottery. Breast cancer rates increase the older you are, and are rarely seen before the 30's. ...Read more

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Could a teenager between the ages of 12-16 get breast cancer?

Could a teenager between the ages of 12-16 get breast cancer?

Unlikely: Breast cancer typically starts in women of 20 years and older age. It is extremely rare before the age of 20 years, yet it has been reported, rarely, in teenage girls. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of breast cancer when you are a teenager?

Extremely low if any: Breast cancer is very unusual in women less than 20 year old although it is reported to develop in some folks as young as 20 years old. ...Read more

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My wife had a growth in her breast when she was a teenager, it was removed. What's the chance she can have a breast cancer pls?

My wife had a growth in her breast when she was a teenager, it was removed. What's the chance she can have a breast cancer pls?

Same as other woman: Most likely she had fibroadenoma a benign tumor was removed. If she has no genetic mutations like braca i & ii , her 2 or family history nothing to worry. She has same chance as any woman she needs regular self examinations check ups by her doctor and mammography every year and don't worry. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Could male teenagers get breast cancer?

Could male teenagers get breast cancer?

Extremely unlikely: But not impossible. Show it to your doctor just to make sure. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more