It is rare for teen girls to develop breast cancer. What's more, when girls are growing and developing, their breasts will change a great deal. Still, it is a good idea to teach your teen daughter how to do a breast self-exam and encourage her to do one monthly.
If a lump is found in the breast of an adolescent girl, she often will undergo an excisional biopsy. However, breast cancer is rare in adolescents, and the vast majority of teenage breast lumps turn out to be benign masses that are related to hormones. A recent Loyola University Health System study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology suggests that a breast ultrasound examination might eliminate the need for biopsy in many cases.
When I was about 21, I felt a hard place at the top of my right breast. Of course, I started worrying that I might have breast cancer, but I was too scared to call the doctor about it. When I went for my next check-up, I told him I found a lump.
Puberty is the stage of adolescence when your child begins to develop physically into an adult. As the breasts develop, problems like lumps or infections sometimes occur. These problems can be alarming.
You may have many changes in your breasts as a teen and young adult. Some changes are linked to your period. Others are linked to birth control pills, or to other hormonal forms of birth control.
There is no perfect shape or size for breasts. Normal breasts can be large or small, smooth or lumpy, and light or dark. Your breasts start growing when you begin puberty. During puberty the hormone levels in your body change, which causes your breasts to develop and your periods to start.
In certain conditions, some girls start way earlier or way later than that. But for girls with a normal growth and development curve, puberty will start during their middle school or high school years. During puberty, there is a natural increase in the hormone estrogen in the body.
Breast exams help doctors check that everything's normal. During a breast exam, a doctor or nurse practitioner will feel a woman's breasts to check any lumps and bumps and see if there are changes since the last exam. Doctors don't usually start doing breast exams until a woman is in her 20s. Most teens don't need breast exams.