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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
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
So extremely rare: I am not going to say "never", but the incidence is close to that. Anytime there is breast tissue present, there is a theoretical risk of breast cancer. However, lumpy breast tissue is an early adolescent is so much likely to be something else — most commonly fibrous breast tissue. If there is extreme worry a simple ultrasound could set mind at ease, but it is probably overdoing it! ...Read more
Had symptoms over the past year that make me worry it could be breast cancer — but how likely would it be for an 18 yr old girl? Nan & her sis had it
Highly unlikely.: However, if you have a new lump or other symptom, you should still see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Extremely rare but not impossible. The youngest person in the U.S. To be diagnosed was a 10 yr old girl. She presented with an itch of her breast and her mom noticed the lump.
bottom line, get checked by your doctor if you are concerned! ...Read more
It's rare: Although it's pretty rare, it is possible for a 14-year-old to have an invasive carcinoma of the breast; it's also possible for there to be a mistake or confusion in diagnosis. ...Read more
My fourteen year old daughter fears she might have breast cancer. My sister says she is too young to have it, is she correct?
It is very, very rare to have breast cancer so young. I recommend you take her to a breast specialist or her pediatrician.
The bigger concern is why is she having these ideas at this age: is there someone close to her that has breast cancer? Did she hear someone talking at school? It is important to find out or have your pediatrician speak with her. See my others posts on breast pain/fibrocystic ...Read more
Yes: This is theoretically possible but extremely uncommon to the point of being rare. ...Read more
Is it advisable not to get involved with a girl who has had breast cancer before for health reasons?
No risk to you!: 1 in 8 women get breast cancer. If your partner has had breast cancer, there is no health risk to you. Women who have had breast cancer have strength, insight and perspective that other women may not have. But if you are not ready to love someone in sickness and in health, and support that person through something like cancer, you aren't ready for a serious relationship. ...Read more
Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more
Without any family past, how common is breast cancer in a teen girl, and what are signs/symptoms?
Very rare: Without family history, you should not be concerned about breast cancer at your age. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. ...Read more
Occasional pain in both breasts since the age of 15. Is it breast cancer? I have self-examined. Doesn't appear to be cancer. Help!! Girl,19 yrs
For a teen girl, would nipple rash only by eczema or could it be a paget's disease or breast cancer?
Eczema: In a teenage girl breast cancer is highly unlikely. If the rash persist beyond 3-4 weeks, you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Not all breast cancers are hereditary or with receptors to hormones. Because you are younger, the risk is smaller. But keep in mind, your risk for breast ca is higher than the population. My suggestion is cont with the pill but do monthly self breast checks and do your mammogram every 2 yrs if the history is birads 1 or 2. ...Read more
Results of estrogen incudcing herbs in pubescent teen (g) if a teenage girl (12-17) in puberty takes herbs (fenu greek, soy, saw palmetto, ect) to increase breast size, are the chances of ovarian/breast cancer high for her? If she stops taking the herbs,
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
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
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
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
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
Incredibly unlikely. If you have any concerns, please get your 16 year old checked by her doc.
Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
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
Very, very unlikely: The incidence of breast cancer increases with age, occurring very rarely in one's 20s, sporadically in the 30s, 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
Common, possible: Breast cysts are fairly common and many women experience it during their lifetime. Cyst are generally benign, especially if they are designated as simple cysts. As far as breast cancer at age 20, it is rare but not impossible. If there is any question about an abnormal breast finding or symptom, it would be best to check with a breast care professional for appropriate work-up. ...Read more
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
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
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