• Hanna_ Hanna_
    June 06, 2011
    Can I have breast cancer at 17 years old?
    Hanna_ Hanna_
    June 06, 2011

    I’m a 17 year old girl and I am having pains in my left breast. The pain isn’t in one spot – it’s through the entire breast. I don’t have any leakage, redness, itchiness – just pain. I’m not on my period and I’m not pregnant. Could it be breast cancer?

     

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    June 06, 2011
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    June 06, 2011

    Hanna, the chance of you having breast cancer, at your age, is less than 1 in a million. The symptoms you describe aren't typically breast cancer symptoms. And pain in your breasts is quite normal, as you go through puberty; and yes, even at age 17, you're still going through puberty.

     

    Since the pain is predominantly on your left side, have you considered a possible heart issue? This would be much more likely than breast cancer. You might also have a painful cyst, which becomes more common as you enter your 20s. Finally, even thugh your period has passed, this could be hormonal.

     

    One thing you'll need to learn, as you get older: you can't let fear stand in the way of taking care of your health. What's the ONLY thing that's going to stop you worrying? Having someone tell you, "You don't have breast cancer, but this is why you're feeling pain." I can't do that; no one online can do that. Only a doctor can diagnose what's going on, and offer treatment if necessary.

     

    Action trumps worry any day; so best to take a deep breath, call the doctor, make an appointment, and get past your fear, OK? That's absolutely your best course of action. Take care- PJH

    • Hanna_
      June 07, 2011
      Hanna_
      June 07, 2011
      Thank you so much for helping! Knowing the fact that it's rare in my age was so lightening. Although I got scared in the first place when I googled this and read all this horror stories about people dying in my age, but it seems like it's really not that common, so thanks for that.   I engouraged myself and told my mom about this, and she said she'll call the doctor any time. But today, when I woke up, the pain was just suddenly totally different! Firstable, it's not as bad as it was. It doesn't ache the way it used to. I'm starting to think it might be caused by pecs! 'Cause the pain now, is like... well it's really hard to describe, it's like the feeling when you have, for example in your ankle, when it's not quite in place. Then you have this need to roll and turn your ankle or do something like that so it'd feel normal? I'm sorry, this probably made no sense. Basically it feels like that, kinda like something's not in place. It's also kinda like the same feeling you'll get when you run too fast and then get the pain. And it feels like the ache comes from underneath the breast now! It's really weird.    So now that it might get better, I thought about waiting for couple days and see what happens, then call the doctor. You're right - the doctor is the only one who actually can help me! And yes, I thought about the heart problem as well. If I'll go to see the doctor, I'll definately ask about it.   I read about the cyst thing you mentioned as well. I don't think there are any special lumps, but I guess it's possible! Thank you for telling about that, and on the whole helped me with this! READ MORE
    • PJ Hamel
      June 07, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      June 07, 2011

      Well, if it seems to be getting better, then probably it's OK to wait and see if it continues to get better. If it doesn't; or if it becomes more painful, then go ahead and see the doctor, OK? In the meantime - relax! Smile PJH

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