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You must be pressing too hard, be gentle while pressing and the risk of cancer at 23 is very low so nothing much to worry about.
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You asked for a different expert
Have you ever been instructed by a physician on how to do a breast self-exam?
That would be my first suggestion--have your doctor show you how to do it and here's a link about that
My other point would be that breast lumps of any kind are moveable while your ribs are not
So when you think you might be feeling a breast lump, grasp it between your thumb and index finger and move it around--you won't be able to do that with a rib
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That's about 1 in 50,000 women--very rare for your age
The system says that you have requested a new expert.
What further information would be helpful?
Part of the reason that you may be receiving conflicting information is that there are different ways of expressing risk.
For example, the risk can be stated as the current risk of breast cancer for your age. For example, if you look at http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/GettingOlder.html and the graph 2/3 down the page, the curve for women is barely above zero. This graph represents the number of cases per 100,000 women, so this graph supports the expert that says the risk is about 1 in 50,000 women.
Another method for expressing risk is the likelihood of developing cancer for women of a certain age. For example, if you look at http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/risk/understanding, it expresses the risk that a 20 year old woman will develop breast cancer over 10 years is 0.06%, or 1 in 1732 women.
These numbers are really saying similar risks. The 1 in 1732 is over 10 years. But even changing that to a 1 in 17,320 risk per year is only an average risk over the decade. And the risk is greater for a woman in her late 20s than a woman in her early 20s.
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I do not know how a different doctor got a risk of 1 in 100 million.
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