Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 15-54. Breast cancer is well known among women, even men can have breast cancer. But what about very young girls? Unfortunately during last decades health experts discover breast cancer in very young girls. Breast cancer girls became a new problem for modern oncology.
Girl’s breasts start to develop during early puberty. Every girl has very specific breast development cycle – ending with small or big breasts, symmetric or asymmetric breasts and breast shapes and form also can be different. All breast differences in girls depend on hormones and genetic factors.
Age factor is an important when we speak about breast cancer risk factors. Usually breast cancers are diagnosed in women over the age of 50. Nowadays breast cancer girls are very exceptional, unexpected and very unusual. Breast cancer before or during puberty is extremely rare, and it is not common among women in their 20s and 30s.
Pretty often teenage girls could have breast lumps during breast development but how often breast lumps could be first signs of breast cancer?
Breast cancer girl – Chrissy Turner
Breast cancer girls – Chrissy Turner
In February 2016 shocking news described 8 year old girls Chrissy Turner – she was diagnosed with breast cancer after suffering from strange lump in her chest. For some time little girl was terrified to tell her parents, but finally after several not sleeping nights she told about lump to her mother. Parents immediately took her to the doctor and unfortunately the rare form of breast cancer was discovered – so called “secretory carcinoma”. This type of the disease affects just one in a million people diagnosed with the disease. Following complicated treatment was scheduled including radiation, surgery (mastectomy) and may be more …
“Our eight-year-old daughter going in for a mastectomy … you can’t wrap your head around it,” said her mother, Annette. “It’s surreal.”
Luckily surgeons did not noted metastasis – no trace of cancer in the lymph nodes under her arm was found.
Both of Chrissie’s parents have suffered from cancer previously – her mother, Annette, has battled cervical cancer, while her father is currently battling of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, having been diagnosed when she was a baby.
Breast cancer girls – Taylor Thompson
Taylor Thompson was only 13 when she felt a quarter-sized lump in her right breast. Doctors diagnosed breast cancer – it was a type of fast-growing, potentially malignant tumor generally found in premenopausal women, not in girls!
The prospect of surgery scared Thompson less than whether doctors would be able to remove all of the cancerous tissue during her lumpectomy. She experienced complicated long treatment.
Breast cancer girls – Elizabeth Bryndza
Elizabeth Bryndza, 19 year old girl, found a lump of cancerous cells in her right breast. She lost both breasts because she was forced to have bilateral mastectomy recommended by health experts.
Elizabeth Bryndza survived and at 20 she was still fighting hard to survive longer.
Young breast cancer clients are more likely to be treated aggressively because they almost never had regular screenings or mammograms and they are less likely to detect early stages of tumor. Unfortunately young age is a risk factor for recurrent cancer, regardless of a family history of cancer, or a genetic predisposition to have BRCA gene mutations.
Breast cancer girls – Hannah Powell-Auslam
Hannah complained of itching in her left breast and her mother noticed a lump. Parents immediately took her to the doctor and biopsy materials were sent to laboratory. Nobody was expecting cancer. But unfortunately Hannah Powell-Auslam at 10 was already battling stage IIA breast cancer (invasive ductal carcinoma). It is very rare for a child to develop invasive ductal carcinoma, which is considered to be an adult cancer. Doctors organized intensive treatment and prognosis was positive – her chance of a five year disease-free survival was 85%.
Young children and adolescents have just a 0.1% chance of developing breast cancer. According to scientists breast cancer girls usually have genetic predisposition (mutated BRCA gene) and sometimes breast cancer could be triggered by other factors.
When girls go through puberty and are developing breast tissue, the cells in their breasts are undergoing rapid divisions – at that period of life cells are more likely to be damaged by cancer causing agents and environmental exposures that can lead cells to change into cancer cells.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.