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Lump in Breasts and Teenagers- Is Teen Breast Cancer a Real Scare?

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If you think your teen’s concern over breast lumps is a needless worry at best, think again! Over 250,000 women under 40 are diagnosed with this disease yearly, on an average in the US.


In young women, the breast tissues are denser than they are in older women. This density makes it tough to spot any abnormality in regular mammograms. Often, young women, who have a breast tumor but are completely ignorant of it, get any hint of a diagnosis by 40. By then, the disease becomes much aggressive, wider in reach, and harder to cure.

Breast Cancer in Teenagers

Every year, about 70,000 women and men between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer. Among this group, breast cancer is most common among young women.

However, lumps don’t always mean cancer in pubescent kids. Another data shows one teen per million with developed breast cancer, especially in subjects who were 14-15 years of age.

Teenagers face many changes in their body during puberty. They go through a harsh onslaught of hormonal changes, among other things. Their breasts may feel lumpy because of the developing and thickening of the tissues in the bosom area. But not every lump is a cancer indicator.

How to Differentiate between a Puberty Change and a Cancerous Lump in Breast?

During puberty and early teenage, most breast lumps are an overgrowth of connective tissues, otherwise called fibroadenomas. They are usually too small to feel. If bigger, they feel hard, are rubbery, and can be moved around with a little push of fingers. They often appear in women younger than 19.

Another kind of tissue can be cysts, or a fluid sac, both of which are non-cancerous. They could be results of a falling accident where the young women may have injured her breast tissue or fallen down chest-first.

However, cancerous tumors are different. They are hard but not exactly movable. They could be tiny (think the size of a pea) or a little bigger. While nipple discharge or inverted nipples don’t indicate cancer in young women, they should be checked out if the teenager also has:

  • A family history of breast cancer
  • Constant and frequently increasing pain around the lump
  • Change in the color of breast skin or lump
  • Partially or entirely swollen breasts
  • Itchy, scaling, or sore nipples

How to Deal with the Possibility That Your Teenager May Have Breast Cancer?

Has she complained of pain in her breasts? Or said anything about a lump? If yes, and you have had significant cases of breast cancer in your family, you must get her to a doctor for an immediate consultation. Even without a family history, get her checked once.

If you’re just scared, for any number of reasons, that a young woman in your acquaintance may develop breast cancer, you can ask her to follow some simple steps to reduce the risk.

  • Get a balanced diet
  • Drink lots of water
  • Stay physically fit
  • Look after her bone health
  • Be careful with alcohol use and smoking patterns
  • Be mindful of rest, stress, and mental health

Of course, the risk factors for breast cancer often aren’t controllable. As she ages, she’ll become more vulnerable to the disease, regardless of a history. Being aware of lumps, breast cancer cases, and dealing techniques will only come in handy as they grow up.

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