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When I do my monthly Breast exams, I always end up feeling…

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When I do my monthly...
When I do my monthly Breast exams, I always end up feeling lumps that end up actually being my ribs, how do I avoid this problem? Am I pressing to hard? And what are the chances of getting cancer at 23 years old?
Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Oncology
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Oncologist: Dr Uzaer, Cancer Surgeon replied 9 months ago
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Oncologist: Dr Uzaer, Cancer Surgeon replied 9 months ago

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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Oncologist: tazechip, Other replied 9 months ago
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Hello I'm Dr Chip

You asked for a different expert

Have you ever been instructed by a physician on how to do a breast self-exam?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No I don't think so
Oncologist: tazechip, Other replied 9 months ago

OK

That would be my first suggestion--have your doctor show you how to do it and here's a link about that

http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps

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

Please let me know if you need any more information

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
What's my risk of getting breast cancer at 23?
Oncologist: tazechip, Other replied 9 months ago

That's about 1 in 50,000 women--very rare for your age

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Oncologist: Dr. D. Love, Doctor replied 9 months ago
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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I have acitallly gotten conflicting information on my risk of getting cancer at me age, and am just wondering what you think. I am 23
Oncologist: Dr. D. Love, Doctor replied 9 months ago

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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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
it is 1 in 50,000?! I have been told by a different doctor on here on a separate post that my risk is 1 in 100 million. But thank you!
Oncologist: Dr. D. Love, Doctor replied 9 months ago

You are welcome.

I do not know how a different doctor got a risk of 1 in 100 million.

If we are done, please provide a positive rating so that I am credited for assisting you.

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Oncologist: Dr. D. Love, Doctor replied 9 months ago

Please let me know if I can provide any further assistance.

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