12 doctors weighed in:
Can early breast development lead to higher risk of breast cancer?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Indirectly
People who go thru puberty at an early age and/or menopause late in life have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.
We believe this is due to prolonged exposure to high estrogen levels.

In brief: Indirectly
People who go thru puberty at an early age and/or menopause late in life have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.
We believe this is due to prolonged exposure to high estrogen levels.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Rosen is right, but the effect is minimal. And worrying accomplishes nothing. I'm old-fashioned and believe in monthly self-exam; ask what your personal doc thinks of mammography, report any dominant mass to your doc at once and your chances of dying of this dread diseases are very low.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Probably yes.
Breast cancer risk is associated with higher hormone levels, lack of breastfeeding, and no childbearing.
Conversely, late age of menarche, pregnancy (especially by age 18), and early menopause reduce the risk of breast cancer, as apparently does breastfeeding. Early breast development would probably mean higher hormones so the risk would be higher. Fibrocystic breast changes also increase risk.

In brief: Probably yes.
Breast cancer risk is associated with higher hormone levels, lack of breastfeeding, and no childbearing.
Conversely, late age of menarche, pregnancy (especially by age 18), and early menopause reduce the risk of breast cancer, as apparently does breastfeeding. Early breast development would probably mean higher hormones so the risk would be higher. Fibrocystic breast changes also increase risk.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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