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Is it possible for a 23 year old to get breast cancer?

Is it possible for a 23 year old to get breast cancer?

Uncommon: But yes, young women can rarely get breast cancer. Most breast lumps in young womwn are benign, but needs an examination with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible for 14 year olds to get breast cancer, at all?

Is it possible for 14 year olds to get breast cancer, at all?

Absolutely: Unfortunately, breast cancer, while uncommon overall, is one of the most common cancers in that age group. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/unusual-cancers-childhood/patient/page4. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 21 year old to get breast cancer?

Unlikely : Unlikely that a breast lump be malignant in a 21 year old but see your doctor for an evaluation as they will be the best judge of what is going on and give you appropriate advice. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 13 year old to get breast cancer?

Is it possible for a 13 year old to get breast cancer?

Extremely rare: Would be extremely rare. Most adolescents will have pubertal breast lumps that can form. See your doctor or pediatrician for an examination. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 17 year old to get breast cancer?

Possible - yes;: Likely -no. 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 replacement after menopause, oral contraceptives, obesity, ...Read more

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Is it possible for an 18 year old to get breast cancer?

Is it possible for an 18 year old to get breast cancer?

Very, very unlikely: The incidence of breast cancer increases with age, occurring very rarely in one's 20's, sporadically in the 30's, and then increasing with each decade of life. An adolescent with a breast lump still requires physician evaluation, but a benign tumor called a fibroadenoma is far more likely. ...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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Is it possible for a 14 year old girl to get breast cancer?

Is it possible for a 14 year old girl to get breast cancer?

Almost-never.: Breast cancer is very rare in women under 30 and increases in incidence the older you get. The statistical probabibility of having breast cancer at 14 is less than the probability of winning a million dollars in the lottery. ...Read more

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Can you get breast cancer at the age of 23 year olds?

Rare but possible: Rare but possible. Family history and genetic predisposition can increase this chance. A physician should be seen in-person if there is any concern. ...Read more

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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