Learning About Breast Cancer
Yes, it is possible to get breast cancer at 17 BUT it is extremely, extremely rare for this to happen.
You must however get it checked - thoroughly. A thorough check that excludes cancer as a possibility is not a GP feeling your breasts. A Drs hands can only feel cancer after it reaches a certain size. There are other testing options that have a much higher accuracy rate than a Dr feeling your breasts with their hands. If your Dr only wants to feel your breasts and does not want to refer you for a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI or a combination of these, then make you you ask that Dr what is the % failure/error rate for cancer detection by:
- Drs hands only;
- mammogram only;
- ultrasound only;
- breast MRI only;
- a combination of the above with or without a needle biopsy.
I am recommending you ask these questions so you understand the relative accuracy for cancer detection of the different options most commonly used to defect breast cancer.
You should have these breast lumps checked soon as possible.
I realise this must be worrying for you but please keep in mind - many girls and young women - even older women - have lumps in our breasts and it is mostly cysts or other benign reasons rather than breast cancer.
Good luck and please come back to this site and thread and tell us how it all went. You are so young - we care and want to help.