Is 21 years old too young for my daughter to get screened for breast cancer?

Yes. Mammography screening does not begin until age 40 unless you were diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age (before 35). At 21, the breasts are too dense to show anything on mammogram. If she has a abnormal lump, then she should see her doctor for evaluation. In some cases an ultrasound can be used.
Too young for mammog. 21 years old is too early for a screening mammogram. However it is a good idea to do monthly self examinations and yearly clinical breast exams. In special circumstances such as strong family history or positive brca test screening mammogram starts sooner than the usual 35-40 years of age. In these circumstances make sure to discuss the issue with your physician.

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My daughter is starting to grow breast. She is ten years old. Something hard is inside. Some website said its breast cancer or bud. I am not sure.

Don't worry. Let her doctor examine her, just it could be due to breast growth , being breast cancer has impossible odds. Read more...
Normal tissue. Thelarche is the term used for the emergence of breast tissue in the beginning stages of puberty. A spongy bit of true breast tissue is located directly under the nipple on one or both sides. It can be tender to touch ; one side may emerge weeks before the other.Your pcp can confirm this process, i HAV at least 3-5 /yr come to my office for the same question. Read more...

Hello Doctor, I'm 21 years old and I'm overweight. I have a small black cluster on my breast. Painless. Several years old. Is a sign of breast cancer?

No. A stable black mark that has been there for several years is not a marker for breast cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. 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?

Too young. Hormonal influence is most common cause of breast pain in a teen. An ultrasound can provide reassurance and check for cysts or other benign non cancerous growth. Read more...
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 more...

Ok, I'm 21 years old. I have chest pain that comes from different things. I've had ammonia before? Don't know if it's breast cancer or heart problems.

This is my advice to. My advice to you is not to think of worst possible causes for your chest pain, like you have listed here. You do not have breast Cancer or heart problems at this young age. If the pain is persistent after 2-3 weeks, you should go see your doctor and have him/her check you with a complete physical examination. If there is any serious concern, he/she may order some tests to make a proper diagnosis. Read more...

Is it possible for a 21 year old to get breast cancer?

Yes. Not too common but it can occur. Needs a doctor evaluation to tell what she may have. Read more...
Almost-never. The statistical probability of getting breast cancer at 21 is lower than the odds of winning the lottery. Breast cancer rates increase the older you are, and are rarely seen before the 30's. However, if you have a palpable lump and/or a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, please see your primary care doctor or gynecologist. Read more...
Unlikely . Unlikely that a breast lump be malignant in a 21 year old but see your doctor for an evaluation as they will be the best judge of what is going on and give you appropriate advice. Read more...

Is it possible for my 12 year old daughter to have breast cancer? . She told me the other day that she feels something like a tender lump/bump

It is highly. unlikely to be cancer at age 12. It is most likely benign, but should be evaluated by your doc. She may need an ultrasound. Read more...
Probably normal. At her age she is likely sensing the stretch of growing breast buds/tissue as part of he normal transition into teen years. It can come up on either side first, with the opposite breast catching up later. Have it checked by her doc. If anything irregular is found an ultrasound of the tissue should provide more data. Read more...

My great grandmother & her sisters all had breast cancer. Her daughter did not, but she died young & only had my dad. Should I get tested for BRCA gene?

It's your call. It might be worth doing if the women with breast cancer got it quite early in their lives AND you want to get prophylactic surgery early rather than simply keep up ordinary anti-cancer surveillance. Read more...

I need your expertise, is 16 years old to young to get breast cancer?

It would not be. Likely at this age. Are there significant risk factors? 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. Read more...

When is a good time to get screened for breast cancer? My grandmother has/had it and she had to get a double hysterectomy.

Get familiar/aware. Breast self awareness/self examination is advised to all females once they get 20 years old. Once every 3 years, a Clinical breast examination(done by a doctor) is advised. Once you get to 40 years of age, an annual Mammogram(X-ray of the breasts) is recommended. If you find any lump or change in your breast structure or shape, seek medical examination. Read more...