Can a 20 year old get breast cancer? Breast cancer can happen in your 20s and 30s. Since routine screening isn’t recommended for this age group, diagnosis can be difficult. That’s why understanding the statistics, as well as your personal risk factors, can help you with early diagnosis and treatment.
What is the average age of getting breast cancer? Your risk for breast cancer increases as you age. About 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year are ages 45 or older, and about 43% are ages 65 or above. Consider this: In women ages 40 to 50, there is a one in 69 risk of developing breast cancer. From ages 50 to 60, that risk increases to one in 43.
What puts you at higher risk for breast cancer? Cancer risk can be inherited from your mother and father’s side of the family. Genetic mutations. You’re at a higher risk if you have family members with a mutation, especially BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Individuals with hereditary risk for breast cancer may have up to an 85% lifetime breast cancer risk.
What are the 5 warning signs of breast cancer?
- New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
- Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.