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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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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


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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?

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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Could a 12 year old get breast cancer?

Rare if ever: The more common issue at 12 in either males (50%) or females (all) is the appearance of nipple or breast tissue, often on one side weeks or months before the other.Spongy tissue just below the nipple separates this normal event from abnormal masses than appear at other locations. In males this may disappear over 6m to a year while in females further progression of breast development occurs. ...Read more

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Can a 15-year-old boy get breast cancer?

Can a 15-year-old boy get breast cancer?

Gynecomastia: Junior needs to be evaluated by a physician. Most often this is gynecomastia, and junior deserves the option of having the lump removed -- being a 15 year old boy is difficult enough without growing beast buds, which is no fault of his. And all breast masses need to be seen also because of the (here, remote) possibility of cancer. ...Read more

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Can a 12 year old boy get breast cancer?

Can a 12 year old boy get breast cancer?

No.: Breast cancer is very rare in men, occuring in less than 1:100, 000. This tends to occur at an older age in men as compared to women. I am unaware of breast cancer ever reported in a teenage male. ...Read more

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Can a 17-year-old men get breast cancer?

Can a 17-year-old men get breast cancer?

No: Male breast cancer occurs, but it is not common and it practically never occurs under the age of 30. ...Read more

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

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

Sure but...: Incredibly unlikely. If you have any concerns, please get your 16 year old checked by her doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a 15 year old get breast cancer?

It is unusual for : Young women to get breast cancer. Only 1.8 % of breast cancers are diagnosed in women from ages 20 to 34, the number would certainly be lower in females under age 20. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a 17 years old boy get breast cancer?

Please tell me, could a 17 years old boy get breast cancer?

Almost never: It is rare for men to get breast cancer. It is even more rare for a 17-year-old boy to get breast cancer. Boys of this age often get lumps in their breast tissue. It's a normal effect from the hormones being released at puberty. This is common, and it's also common for boys and their parents to worry they have breast cancer. I hope you can relax now! ...Read more

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Can you get breast cancer when you are older from wearing a bra 24/7?

Can you get breast cancer when you are older from wearing a bra 24/7?

No, a breast myth.: A book called “dressed to kill” indicated underwire bras restricted lymphatic drainage & led to accumulation of toxins in the breast. It was theorized this contributed to development of breast cancer. However, lymphatic drainage from the breast is not downward (gravity) – it moves towards the axilla (arm pit). The author's conclusions were not based on medical science & are not deemed accurate. ...Read more

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Could a 15 yr old get breast cancer?

Could a 15 yr old get breast cancer?

Low possibility: Breast cancer does not discriminate by age - if there is breast tissue, cancer is still a possiblity....Though would be rare. I have had a 17 year old patient with breast cancer - she had a genetic mutation that put her at a higher risk than an average person. If she has a lump, there are many mroe benign possibilities than malignant ones. ...Read more

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

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

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 ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. 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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more