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Is It Possible For A 14 Year Old Girl To Get Breast Cancer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/hannah-317453-cancer-breast.html bottom line, get checked by your doctor if you are concerned! ...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?
Not likely: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: But very, very rare.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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