What Are The Chances Of A 20-year-old Getting Breast Cancer?

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Asked by youngone08

What Are The Chances Of A 20-year-old Getting Breast Cancer?

I went for a physical and my doctor found a mobile lump the size of a piece of rice, and told me to come back in a month to re-check it to see if it was still there. I'm very scared; what are my chances of this being breast cancer?

Answer

The statistical risk for a 20-year-old woman to be diagnosed with breast cancer before age 30 is 1 in 1,732, so the breast lump you feel is probably not cancer. Also, the lump's characteristics don't fit those of a cancerous tumor.

It's not unusual for young women to have a type of lump called a fibroadenoma, a benign tumor that's not dangerous. Even in older women, where the incidence of breast cancer is much higher, the vast majority of lumps that are biopsied are benign - about 85%.

Please try not to panic over this; if the doctor thought there was any chance of this being breast cancer, s/he would have ordered a mammogram or done some other testing right away, not wait a month. I know it's hard to wait, but try to keep busy, be realistic (the odds are so in your favor), go about your life, and you'll find your worry abating as the days go by.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson