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Can a 15-year-old boy get breast cancer?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Gynecomastia

Junior needs to be evaluated by a physician.
Most often this is gynecomastia, and junior deserves the option of having the lump removed -- being a 15 year old boy is difficult enough without growing beast buds, which is no fault of his. And all breast masses need to be seen also because of the (here, remote) possibility of cancer.

In brief: Gynecomastia

Junior needs to be evaluated by a physician.
Most often this is gynecomastia, and junior deserves the option of having the lump removed -- being a 15 year old boy is difficult enough without growing beast buds, which is no fault of his. And all breast masses need to be seen also because of the (here, remote) possibility of cancer.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Very very rare

It would be exceedingly rare.

In brief: Very very rare

It would be exceedingly rare.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Herbert Hoover
Very rare events do happen so any breast lump requires evaluation.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Puberty related

Far more common cause of breast lump in a 15 to make is glands enlarged as a result of puberty.
They can be sore or just enlarged but they are related likely to development of male related changes during puberty. Not sure how many cases ever have been reported of make breast cancer in someone that age but it would be very very rare.

In brief: Puberty related

Far more common cause of breast lump in a 15 to make is glands enlarged as a result of puberty.
They can be sore or just enlarged but they are related likely to development of male related changes during puberty. Not sure how many cases ever have been reported of make breast cancer in someone that age but it would be very very rare.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt
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Dr. Camil Sader
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Highly Unlikely

While the answer is yes, the odds are extremely low and the literature demonstrates very few cases.
Regardless, any new lump you feel must be worked up by your pediatrician.

In brief: Highly Unlikely

While the answer is yes, the odds are extremely low and the literature demonstrates very few cases.
Regardless, any new lump you feel must be worked up by your pediatrician.
Dr. Camil Sader
Dr. Camil Sader
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No.

Breast cancer is very rare in men, occuring in less than 1:100, 000.
This tends to occur at an older age in men as compared to women. I am unaware of breast cancer ever reported in a teenage male.

In brief: No.

Breast cancer is very rare in men, occuring in less than 1:100, 000.
This tends to occur at an older age in men as compared to women. I am unaware of breast cancer ever reported in a teenage male.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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