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What is the earliest age a woman can get breast cancer?

Although rare with women under 20, b!c! has no age limits! Early detection is key, especially if there’s a family history! Any Suggestions here?


  1. Andria Reply:

    According to Sherman, mammography can detect breast cancer at its earliest cancer in women under the age of 40 is rare, but that it is still important to get Source:

  2. Shana Reply:

    Women as young as their early twenties can develop breast cancer, though it is far more prevalent in women over 40.

  3. Blanca Reply:

    As long as there is breast tissue present, there is a risk for breast cancer, however, AGE is the biggest risk factor! Source:

  4. Lorrie Reply:

    You can get breast cancer at any age. It is more likely to get after the age of 4o years old. Some woman have had breast cancer much younger than that. Source:

  5. Marlen Reply:

    19 but this is very rare. There are cases in the 20’s. Source:

  6. Janis Reply:

    How do you check for breast cancer, and what’s the earliest age you can get it? I’m fifteen… help?

  7. Cierra Reply:

    Interesting and sensible questions!1) Increased chances doesnt mean double! It could be that one factor increases your chance of something by 10% and another factor increases it by 5%! Even if you have both factors together, your chances are still only increased by 15%! Although sometimes its more complicated than that and having both factors changes your risk in a different way, by acting syngeneically (ie the total is more than the sum of the parts, e!g! 25%) or to a lesser degree, where the total is less than the sum of the parts, but still more than either one alone (e!g! 12%) I dont know what the exact case is for the two risk factors you mention!2) Having a baby alters your hormones significantly! Your breasts are doing what they were designed for – making milk to feed a baby! Even if you dont actually breastfeed they still go through the process of getting ready to make milk! Breastfeeding for 12+ months over your lifetime (could be 6 months each with 2 babies) reduces your breast cancer risk too! Also, while you are pregnant and breast feeding you dont have periods! So your body does not have the regular cycle of hormonal changes!3) Yes it could be a decrease in size! Tumours can regress (shrink) naturally in response to changes in your body, or if your immune system starts to attack the tumour! Breast cancers in particular are often sensitive to oestrogen, so as the level of oestrogen rises and falls with your monthly cycle, it is possible that the tumour could grow and shrink! Shrinking could also be a bad sign – that the tumour is breaking up and parts of it are migrating through your bloodstream! This is called metastasis, but it usually occurs at the single-cell level and not in big enough chunks that you would feel a difference!

  8. Katina Reply:

    Improve. The youngest case of breast cancer recorded, was only 15, but I must stress that this is a extremely rare case. Only 3% of women have breast cancer under the age of 40. When did people discover that males can get breast cancer.

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