Is 17 too young for breast cancer?

Rare. 17 is young, but it can occur in very very rare cases, especially with certain familial genetic cancers.
Yes and no. Unfortunately we do see young women with breast cancer. Seventeen is a bit young but it has been reported. The best thing to do is examine your breasts several times during the month. The reason is that during your cycle, the breasts can be more cystic and feel different. Examining them at different times of the month can help you know differences in your breasts. Hope this helps.

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My daughter has a lump on her breast and I was wandering is she too young for breast cancer?

How old is she? Breast cancer increases in incidence the older a person is. For example, teenagers have a "one in a million" chance of getting breast cancer; the probability increases slightly in your 20's. That said, all breast lumps should be evaluated by a doctor. Read more...
It depends. While breast cancer is less frequent in younger women, it can occur. Your daughter should be examined by a physician. Read more...
Likely too young. This depends on several factors including family/genetics. While this is a possibility, it is highly unlikely. Benign breast masses are very common in young women. In particularly thin women, normal breast tissue can feel like a mass. Pay close attention and do not ignore and discuss with your primary care physician. Call sooner for a changing or growing mass or one associated with discharge. Read more...

Can younger people get breast cancer?

Yes. But it depends on multiple variables like family history, genetics (brca gene), environment (cigarettes, alcohol), diet, etc. Please see this link for a more thorough explanation, and then you should discuss this with your doctor. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=risk-factors. Read more...

Could breast cancer start at an young age?

Yes. The incidence of breast cancer rises the older you get, but it is possible to get breast cancer in your 20's or 30's, as well. This occurs more commonly in women with the hereditary form of breast cancer. Read more...

How young can you be and get breast cancer?

That depends. That depends on multiple variables like family history, genetics (brca gene), environment (cigarettes, alcohol), diet, etc. Please see this link for a more thorough explanation, and then you should discuss this with your doctor. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=risk-factors. Read more...

Are teenagers too young to get breast cancer?

Very, very rare. The incidence of breast cancer increases with age, but on rare occasion will be found in women in their 20's. While reported in the medical literature, the statistical probability of breast cancer in a teenaged girl is very, very low. Read more...

Can children as young as 10 develop breast cancer?

Yes, but VERY rare. The risk of a breast cancer developing in a child is extremely rare. Read more...
Exceedingly rare. Statistically less than 7% of breast cancers occur in women under age 40. Only about 0.6% of breast cancer occurs under age 30. There is less than one in a million chance for children of this age to get breast cancer, but rare things can happen rarely. See this news source: http://abcnews.Go.Com/m/story?Id=8782697. Read more...

How young can you be to get breast cancer if male?

VERY Rare Under 40. Breast cancer is very rare in men, and is rarely present prior to age 40. Regardless of one's age and gender, it is always best to see a doctor if one finds a new breast lump. Read more...
20's. Most cases of male breast cancer are detected in men between the ages of 60 and 70, although the condition can develop in men of any age. I have seen a case in a patient in their 20's. Read more...

What are the causes of breast cancer in younger women?

Usually genetic. In most young women (under age 40) causes of breast cancer are often due to cancer genes that are inherited from one's parents (hereditary syndromes). The most common and best understood genes are brca1 and brca2. There are others and likely several that have not yet been discovered. Read more...
Unknown. There are some increased breast cancer risks associated with obesity, hormone medication use, early age at first menstruation, late age at first childbirth, etc. Only about 15% of breast cancers occur because of genetic inheritance. See this site with more information: http://media.Komen.Org/breastcancer101tool/english/video-player.Html#kbc_01_01. Read more...