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Old 06-02-2016, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Cancer doesnt care about an age.
Breast cancer is very rare under the age of 30. OP is only 26.

Her risk is about 1 in 9000.

PubMed Central, Table 1: Semin Oncol. 2009 Jun; 36(3): 237

 
Old 06-03-2016, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Midwest, USA
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Regardless of what the doctor says and does, you should also look into iodine deficiency, as jamin has brought up. Most cystic diseases can be attributed to lack of this mineral. Dr. Derry has a book called "Breast Cancer and Iodine" that I recommend all women read. I went through several years of mammograms, biopsies, and ultrasounds because my gyno had felt lumps in my breasts during an exam. My breast surgeon didn't mention iodine once, though he did mention vitamin E and reduction of caffeine. I don't think he meant harm; I think he is ignorant on the topic. The fact that he brought up the other two means that he is a good doctor and knows when to give practical advice, and he's not afraid to give it. I think there is a huge gap in education of doctors when it comes to nutritional deficiencies and their consequences. They don't get taught these things in med school. The doctors who eventually turn to natural or integrative medicine are those who aren't seeing improvements in their patients, or they see that what they're doing is just treating illness instead of preventing it.

Check out this thread to start, if you want more information, and feel free to ask questions about the topic:

Iodine Phobia
 
Old 06-03-2016, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Midwest, USA
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Cancer doesnt care about an age.
Not at all.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 03:06 PM
 
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Just your age makes breast cancer unlikely. Mammograms are not usually done in women in your age group because they are very hard to interpret. Ultrasound is usually the first choice test because it can identify cysts, which are seldom cancerous.

If the nodule was easy to move around under the skin that is also an indication that whatever is going on is benign.

The way you describe your symptoms is suggestive of fibrocystic change, with the nodule more prominent before your period and the tenderness (though just repeatedly feeling of the nodule can make it sore for a while).

Since the risk is low, you have the option of watching what happens over another menstrual cycle or two, or you could go on and make an appointment with your doctor if that would make you feel more comfortable.
I bet children with cancer and those under the age of 30 who have already had cancer/breast cancer would disagree. You have no way of knowing how unlikely cancer is for anyone.


OP: Go see your doctor instead of asking random, unqualified strangers on a public forum.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 03:21 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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If I were you will get a check up at least you feel relief then. Please don't worry too much.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 03:27 PM
 
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OP: Go see your doctor instead of asking random, unqualified strangers on a public forum.
Fortunately, not all random strangers are unqualified or uneducated--just as not all doctors are knowledgeable about important topics such as iodine deficiency. A normal doctor will probably *not* tell a patient about this deficiency as it pertains to lumpy breasts because most doctors simply don't have that knowledge. Of course, I don't think she should avoid seeing a doc just because of this general ignorance; rather, I think she should educate herself a little in addition to having an exam.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 04:37 PM
 
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If I left everything up to my so called doctors over my life, I shudder to think where I'd be today. A big thanks to my personal friends and all my health friends on the net and BOOKS. I left my health in my doc's hands for 10 yrs and never got thyroid help (1991-2002), when I finally did I started to educate myself more and more and more.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 05:10 PM
 
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If I left everything up to my so called doctors over my life, I shudder to think where I'd be today. A big thanks to my personal friends and all my health friends on the net and BOOKS. I left my health in my doc's hands for 10 yrs and never got thyroid help (1991-2002), when I finally did I started to educate myself more and more and more.
Indeed. I've been my own doctor for 10 years and am thankful for the information available to lay-persons. There is a wealth of info in books and on the net about natural and alternative healing, as well as preventative medicine.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I bet children with cancer and those under the age of 30 who have already had cancer/breast cancer would disagree. You have no way of knowing how unlikely cancer is for anyone.

OP: Go see your doctor instead of asking random, unqualified strangers on a public forum.
We are talking specifically about breast cancer, not other cancers. Cancer is not just one disease.

The risk of a woman who is 26 having breast cancer, particularly with no family history of it, is about 1 in 9000. The risk can be calculated. It's a matter of simple arithmetic. We know women's age at diagnosis and how many women there are that age in the population.

PubMed Central, Table 1: Semin Oncol. 2009 Jun; 36(3): 237

Risk of Breast Cancer as Function of Age Estimated From Women Diagnosed in the US SEER17 Registries, 2004

Age Risk: 1 in
(yr)
15 571,429
20 75,188
25 8,684 [I used this number and rounded it to 9000; for age 26 it would be a bit higher, maybe 1 in 8000. ]
30 1,523
35 453
40 173
45 82
50 45
55 30
60 21
65 15
70 12
75 9
80 8
85 7

I stand by what I said:

Just your age makes breast cancer unlikely.

I also suggested that the OP could see what happens over the next month or two or see her doctor.
 
Old 06-05-2016, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I bet children with cancer and those under the age of 30 who have already had cancer/breast cancer would disagree. You have no way of knowing how unlikely cancer is for anyone.


OP: Go see your doctor instead of asking random, unqualified strangers on a public forum.
I think we all agree but what Suzi was saying or I assumed she was is: don't panic. It is unlikely to be anything other than a cyst.

OP: of course you don't want to panic but be sure and mention it to your doctor at your next check up. There are exceptions to every rule: How many of you know men who have had breast cancer? I know 2, one is my own husband. His was not the standard breast cancer, but a new lipo sarcoma. It was so small, found on his yearly body scan, that they got every bit of it with just the biopsy. The fact remains it was still a cancer.
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