When should I be worried about breast cancer?

Prevention. Women should be concerned about breast cancer. But with proper screening and early detection the best chances for a cure are achieved. Meet with you doctor and discuss your risk and form a plan.
Age-dependent. The incidence of breast cancer increases with age. While the lifetime risk of breast cancer is 1:8, a more meaningful statistic is the risk in any decade of life. For example, us women have a 0.4% chance of breast cancer in their 30's, 1.5% in their 40's, 2.4% in their 50's, and 3.5% in their 60's. Unless you are in a high-risk group, i suggest getting mammograms beginning at age 40.

Related Questions

I feel lumps in my breast should I be worried about breast cancer or cyst?

Lumpy breasts. Ask your doctor to check them for you or refer you to a general surgeon who can provide expert help with that issue. Read more...
At your age. The most likely cause of breast lumps in a teenager are fibrocystic nodules. But, please see a doctor for an examination to be sure. Read more...

I have a lump rite at the dark spot on my nipple and I popped it and clear liquid came out? It hurts a lot. Should I be worried about breast cancer?

Not cancer. Cancer of the breast is detected as a firm lesion on palpation or clustered microCa representing DCIS on mammogram. A dark spot on the nipple probably represents a small clotted area from the nipple. The latter is the confluence of milk ducts of the breast terminating as the nipple. Fluid evaporates every day from the nipple and if clotted and the latter then removed, fluid will drain . Read more...

Worried about breast cancer, please help! How do I check?

MD. Start by visiting your gyn or pcp. He/she will get your personal and family history and do a good exam. If necessary, he/she will send you to a specialist in risk assessment or order some tests like a mammogram, an ultrasound or even an mri. Sounds like you are scared. Be aware but don't live in fear. Read more...

Can you give me suggestions, extremely worried about breast cancer!?

Why? Do you have any symptoms? How about family history? I'm not sure why you are so worried but my advise is that you discuss breast cancer risk with your doc (your gyn is a good place to begin but you may need a specialist in risk assessment). In the meantime, live healthy, exercise, get your proper screening tests and don't let fear ruin your life, my friend. Read more...

There is a family history of breast cancer. Should I be worried?

No help to worry. Have a yearly breast physical exam, perform self exams, have yearly mammogram after age 40. You could also see a genetic counselor for brca genetic testing, but that only accounts for about 15% of breast cancer. No help to worry, cannot change your relatives. Read more...
Depends on age. In order to answer this question, we need to know the age at diagnosis of the relative(s) and how this person is related to you. You can seek out a breast center or breast specialist who can do a risk assessment and follow you in a high risk program. Read more...
Yes. Yes, usually if there is strong family history of breast cancer, you are at a higher risk to develop it. You usually need to start your mammogram early, if the concern is high you might want to have a test to check if you carry brca 1 or 2 genes, that are breast cancer genes. Read more...

What tests are used to detect breast cancer? And should I be worried about the masses that were found?

Mammogram. Mammogram and ultrasound are the most common tests. There are many masses seen on these tests that are not cancerous. A biopsy is the definitive way to diagnosis a cancer. If a biopsy is recommended, please follow through with the recommendations. 80% of all biopsies performed have benign, noncancerous results. Read more...
Lumps in the breast . Commonly used tests to detect breast cancer include ...Mammography which is an x-ray of the breast, ultrasound of the breast and rarely MRI of the breast. A biopsy of the lump is the only way to confrim the final diagnosis of cancer. More than 80% of the breast lumps turn out to be benign on further testing. Read more...

B feeding for 16 months and am down to 1xday. Been having weird sensation on rt breast lately now worried about breast cancer. Age 44, clear u/s?

Keep checking. The patient may sense, or feel something before we do! if ultrasound negative that is a good sign for no cysts or large mass. Some congestion and pressure can occur with weaning. Talk to your OB or lactation person. Read more...
Need for examination. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. Read more...

Both my breasts feel very hard and lumpy all around. Could it be because they are still growing? Its getting me worried about breast cancer. I'm 16yo

Breasts. Your breasts may be lumpy because you have fibrocysts which is a benign condition. No treatment is required if you are not in pain, but you should make routine examinations with your doctor for periodic follow-up care. Read more...