• rjune42 rjune42
    July 15, 2010
    Can a 16 year old get breast cancer?
    rjune42 rjune42
    July 15, 2010

    I am 16 years old and I recently discovered a big pinkish lump in my right breast. It's become smaller, but hasn't disappeared. My family has a history of breast cancer; two family members have died from it. Could I get breast cancer at this age? Or what could the lump be?

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  • nikki11220 December 06, 2010
    nikki11220
    December 06, 2010

    hi, I have a lump underneath my nipple. You cant see it but you can feel it. Its hard, it doesnt move, and sometimes it hurts. should I be concerned, I am only 16. Ive also developed a lump on my leg and my glands are all swollen and I feel faint.

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    • Phyllis Johnson
      December 06, 2010
      Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      December 06, 2010

      Your swollen glands and faint feeling might be from some sort of virus going around.  If so, you will feel better within a week or ten days.  Are you drinking enough fluids and eating a well-balanced diet to prevent faintness?  When girls' breasts begin to develop, there is a hard lump called a breast bud right under the nipple.  If you are starting puberty late, that might be what you are feeling.  If you have already gone through puberty, this lump qualifies as a breast change.  Any breast change that lasts longer than a month needs to be checked out by a doctor.  If you can't remember any bumps or bruises that might account for the leg lump, the doctor needs to look at that too.  It is highly unlikely that these changes as breast cancer which is extremely rare in teenagers; however, there may be some other underlying problem that needs a doctor's treatment.  Probably it will turn out that these problems are unrelated and not serious, but you don't want to ignore them.  Let an adult know who can help you evaluate whether you need to see a doctor right away or whether it's OK to wait a week or two to see if they go away on their own.

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