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I'm 17 and I have small breasts. Does this mean I'll get breast cancer sooner????

No, not at all. There is no such association for developing breast cancer. You need to read up(Google it) about causes of Breast cancer and you will learn that excess of Female hormone(estrogens)may have some such bearing. But you do not have any such problem. Read more...
No. One might speculate that having more breast tissue allows a greater potential for some area of breast to transform to malignancy and the smaller the amt of tissue the less the chance. This would apply to males with smaller breasts having a lower incidence of breast Ca However it is exposure to the carcinogenic effects derived from the environment that correlates with Ca development. Read more...

Do all women with small breasts have dense breasts? My mom had dense breasts and had breast cancer at 54. Does this mean I will?

No. Dense breast have nothing to do with size. It represents a mammographic finding where most tissue seen on the film is breast tissue with little fat present. With age more fat replaces the existing breast tissue so that mammograms can be more easily interpreted. This is one of the reasons mammos should not be performed before age 35. The other is that younger breast tissue sensitive to RT. Read more...
Yes - No. Most women who have smaller breasts have denser tissue. That is because breast tissue is composed of fibrous tissue and fatty tissue. The smaller breasts have less fat so the fibrous tissue is more condensed. Just because your mother had breast cancer does not guarantee you will. HOWEVER, you should be monitored closer because you are at a higher risk. See a local breast surgeon for guidance. Read more...

Do small breasts have a better survival rate with breast cancer because of early detection (via self-exam)? Or are they handicapped by breast density?

Not a factor. Breast size does not seem to change a woman's risk of getting breast cancer, her chances of the tumor being found early, or her chances of being cured. Small breast size may rarely limit some surgical options (lumpectomy/breast conservation) due to the final cosmetic outcome. Read more...
Possibly yes. Unless you have a lump do not worry. Breast size does not affect whether you develop breast cancer or not. Read more...

By having tiny breasts naturally, is it still possible to get breast cancer?

Yes. Depending on your family history, most all women have about a 12% lifetime risk of breast cancer. Other factors may increase risks depending on family history of breast cancer, earlier age of first menstrual cycle, late age at first childbirth. Read more...
Yes. Breast size is not really a prominent risk factor for breast cancer. The more important risk factors include family history, use of hormone replacement, nulliparity (have you delivered children), and age of menses/menopause. Read more...
Unfortunately yes. Breast cancer can occur even in a male breast which usually has very little breast tissue so women with small breasts can get cancer and the incidence specific to a patient is related to many factors including being a brca gene carrier, a positive family history, duration of menses years and whether or not it was interrupted by pregnancies etc. Best to get checked by your pcp or breast surgeon. Read more...

Docs, could a guy still get breast cancer?

Yes . Possible but rare. In the us, there are about 2, 100 new cases of male breast cancer and 450 deaths per year. Other countries have higher rates. Men with brca mutations have a higher chance, about 6-8% lifetime risk. If a man feels a lump in the breast, he should get a medical evaluation. Read more...

When you get silicone implants, is it possible to still get breast cancer?

Absolutely. There is no conclusive evidence that implants change the incidence of breast implants. You need regular exams and mammograms just like if you did not have implants. Read more...
Yes. When you get implants-silicone or saline- your breast tissue is still present. It thins out over time but is still there and at risk for cancer. Continue doing breast self exams and get regular mammograms. Read more...
Yes. Good afternoon! Breast augmentation surgery by either saline implants, silicone implants, or fat injections do not save you from the possibility of breast cancer. Implants do not increase your risk of breast cancer. To repeat- you can still get breast cancer if you have breast implants. Read more...
Yes, still possible. Implants do not have a protective effect. You can still get breast cancer, and so get screened and checked. They do not cause breast cancer. Folks were worried years ago about the Oppenheimer effect. It does not apply to Breast Implants. In fact, women with breast implants have a lower rate of breast cancer. Please see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. You will get your questions answered. Read more...

Can I still get breast implants after having breast cancer and radiation?

Yes. Fortunately yes :). We often recommend to wait several months before reconstruction and implants. Read more...
Yes, but. Although you can get implants after breast cancer and radiation, the results may be unpredictable. Radiation may cause some soft tissue fibrosis which may not allow the skin to stretch reliably. Although some people are fine with radiation, i think they tend to be the exception rather than the norm. Read more...
Yes...BUT. Radiation causes irreversible damage to the skin that actually worsens over time. This can cause the skin over the implant to break down and expose the implant. Many post-radiation implant reconstructions are done in conjunction with a flap of skin from the back for added safety. A skin flap from the abdomen without implants avoids these risks, and arguably offers better long-term aesthetics. Read more...
Possibly. You would best discuss this with the plastic surgeon and radiatin oncologist before assuming that you can. Read more...
Yes, but. Radiated skin sometimes doesn't give like non radiated skin, so although it may be possible, there are other options such as using your own tissue that you should consider as well. Read more...
Yes. Yes, you can still get breast implants after having breast cancer and radiation. It's recommended to wait several months after breast reconstruction to consider breast implants. Read more...

Breast cancer and I am planning on breastfeeding could I still get a mammogram if my breast are full of milk?

No. Not a good time to do mammogram while breast feeding. First the breast is engorged and full of cysts. Second the radiation will be passed into the baby. Read more...
The lactational. changes in the breasts make them more dense, and therefore limit the value of mammography. For screening purposes, waiting 4-6 months after stopping breastfeeding will allow the breasts to return to their baseline state. If you have a lump, see your doctor. If you end up needing a mammo for diagnostic purposes, you can pump the breasts beforehand. Read more...