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Is It Possible That 14 Year Old Girls Can Develop 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
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
It is very uncommon.: Cancer risk 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 replacement after menopause, oral contraceptives, >>. ...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
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