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.

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I'm 26 w/ family history of breast cancer at a young age. I found a painful ropy mass/nipple discharge but my dr wants to wait on a us due to my age?

Very astute. Mass are a young age are less likely to be cancer but your family history is concerning. The character of your discharge would support one or another. For certain, it needs to be looked at by a professional, and would suggest a breast surgeon to see it. There are instances where watching it would be ok but a more extensive history and physical exam are needed to figure that out! Read more...
2nd opinion. Get another opinion. If you have any abnormality you need a mammogram and ultrasound. Do not wait. Early diagnosis can mean a cure. Also with your family history conside genrtic testing. Read more...

My bio mother had breast cancer at a young age, and my bio grandmother had ovarian cancer. Both passed from it. Prophylactic mastectomy an option?

Depends. If you are 18 years old, that is a very early age to be considering mastectomy surgery. It would be best to see your family doctor and get a referral to a genetic counselor for consideration of brca testing to see what your risks are. You may or may not have a higher risk of breast and/or ovarian cancers. Be checked first before considering the worst. Read more...
Possibly. Brca 1 and 2 are genetic mutations that can be passed through families, and those affected have a higher than average risk of developing those kinds of cancers. Would recommend appointment with a genetic counselor and consider getting that test done. If positive, then you and your doctor can make a plan for higher intensity monitoring or prophylactic surgery. Read more...
Genetic counseling. You should see a genetic counselor to assess your risk and to determine if genetic testing is appropriate for you. Read more...

Could you have breast cancer at age 13?

Very unlikely. Breast cancer is a very unusual finding in a 13 year old -- young women can have masses in their breasts for many normal reasons. An examination by your doctor can help. Read more...

Could a teenager between the ages of 12-16 get breast cancer?

Unlikely. Breast cancer typically starts in women of 20 years and older age. It is extremely rare before the age of 20 years, yet it has been reported, rarely, in teenage girls. Read more...

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. Read more...
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. 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...