A question from Carolyn Williams: What the likeliness of me getting breast cancer at my age?
I’m 20 and constantly check my breasts for hard lumps and often think bones are cancer, but I can’t really tell the difference. What do I need to feel for? Can I get cancer on my sternam or breast bone and does the breast bone go into the breast at all? Please help.

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Answer by Ruby_red_shoes
Stop constantly checking your breasts or you will make them sore. Check them once a month after your period, in the shower. Soap them well and run your flat hand around your breast. Learn where all the usual lumps and bumps are. Any new ones, go to a doctor and have them checked. Ask your doctor to check them when you have your usual yearly checkup.

The chances of you getting breast cancer at your age is so slim. Stop thinking about it, it will probably never happen.

Just wanting to add for the benefit of the last poster – breast cancer is absolutely possible in a 20 year old. A three year old child has just recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. In Australia, there have been a number of very high profile women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in their 20s. It is a miniscule chance, but the chance exists. Women of all ages should check their breast each month following their period. Screening mammograms are advised over the age of 50, but in Australia can be utilised over 40 free of charge. Vigilance is important for early detection. However, over checking and being obsessive about it is not in anyone’s best interests.

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