My 10 Year Old Daughter Has Sore, Itchy, Inverted Nipples. Her Right Nipple Is Red And Slightly Swollen. She Is Also Having Discharge From Her Right Nipple. Can A 10 Year Old Get Breast Cancer?

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Asked by Kimmie M.

My 10 Year Old Daughter Has Sore, Itchy, Inverted Nipples. Her Right Nipple Is Red And Slightly Swollen. She Is Also Having Discharge From Her Right Nipple. Can A 10 Year Old Get Breast Cancer?

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Hi - I think, historically, there may have been a girl as young as 10 who's had breast cancer, but the youngest American girl with breast cancer is 11 years old - so it's highly unlikely. Also, the fact that some of these symptoms are in both breasts makes it even more unlikely. It sounds like she may be experiencing some early symptoms of puberty. I'd suggest you take her to her pediatrician to find out what might be causing the inversion, pain, and discharge, and see what s/he suggests to treat it. In the meantime - please don't worry about cancer. I think we can safely say it's not an issue for her right now. Take care- PJH

Answered by PJ Hamel