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Is it possible for a 14-year-old to have breast cancer?

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Ayushmaan Wanchoo

Member since 27 June 2017 19 January 2018 at 12:26

 

The risk is so low that it is impossible to read using tables of published health data and statistics. Children do get cancer, but very rarely breast cancer. Statistics will often group women aged 15–39 as “young women” but this is very misleading as the bump in cases begins in women over 20, or even over 24 if the chart is broken down that far.

Unfortunately, the rare case of breast cancer in very young women is probably not preventable. Childhood breast cancer is more likely to be due to a penetrative genetic mutation that is present from birth in every cell, not a randomly occurring mutation from causes that can be limited in lifetime exposure as in adults. Puberty may turn on the genetic program of these cancers. It is more common in girls receiving radiation treatment, but that likely means the girls have another condition that required such treatment and other risk factors in addition to the treatment