Can I have a lower risk of cancer if small breasts?

Small Breast>cancer? According to a study in the danish breast cancer study, breast reductions resulted in a reduction in breast cancer risk by nearly 50% in women over 40 years old (cancer causes control. 1997 mar;8(2):253-8) the reduction in risk was less clear in younger women. This would suggest that increased breast mass is associated with a higher breast cancer risk and smaller breasts are less prone.
Probably not always. Sometimes mammograms are harder to do in small women, and so a cancer may be harder to detect. If breast tissue gets fibrosed, that may make it harder also.

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I'm 17 and I have small breasts. Does this mean I'll get breast cancer sooner????

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