Your teen daughter comes to you worried about a lump in her breast.
What’s this most likely to be?
The concept of “lump” has nearly become synonymous with cancer, so that’s why even when a teenager discovers a lump in her breast, it’s petrifying.
What can cause a breast lump in a teen girl?
“Teenagers usually have dense, fibrous breasts,” begins Mylaine Riobe, MD, founder of Riobe Institute of Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Riobe, who’s board certified in ob/gyn and integrative medicine, is the author of “The Answer to Cancer.”
“The most common lump is a benign tumor called fibroadenoma,” continues Dr. Riobe.
“Dense or lumpy breasts can be a sign of inconsistent ovulation and estrogen dominance which is not uncommon during early teen years.
“Breasts that remain dense, although common, are not necessarily normal.
“It’s important to assure good nutrition with antioxidant support, adequate vitamins especially vitamin D, and good hormone balance.”
Likelihood that Breast Lump in a Teen Girl Is Cancer
Based on year 2010 to 2014 data compiled by the National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program:
• 0.0 percent of cancer cases occurred to females 19 and under.
• 1.8 percent of breast cancer cases were in women 20 to 34.
Based on this data, you can clearly see that the likelihood that a lump in a teen girl’s breast is cancer is virtually zero percent.
And that’s “virtually,” because this figure isn’t for all time; it’s for a time span, though a five-year time span is pretty impressive for a zero percent occurrence rate.
No matter how reassured you are of this data, you should still have your teen’s breast lump examined by a gynecologist – if for no other reason, her peace of mind.