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I went to the doctor yesterday to have a biopsy done on a lump I found and once the doctor realized my age he wouldn't do any necessary tests because he said I was "too young" to have breast cancer and sent me home... What should I do?

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  • Tiffani Warila Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Hi Jenny, I went through the same thing, but it was the insurance company that said I was too young for a mammogram and ultrasound to be covered. My g.p. felt the lump that i had found and ordered the tests. The ins co said they wouldn't cover it. It took 15 min of the doc arguing why I needed them done for them to say yes. I felt the lump last April when I was 29. I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in June. I would find another doctor that will listen to you. You do not want to wait if you feel there is an issue. How old are you, that the doctor says you are too young? I have met 3 ladies that are my age or younger just from this website. Unfortunately, no age is too young for a breast cancer diagnosis. If you have any other questions I am here to answer what I can. Best of luck to you. ~ Tiffani
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      FIND A NEW DOCTOR! I know women who have gotten breast cancer in their 20's. You need, at a minimum, a needle biopsy and possibly a surgical biopsy to follow. PLEASE see someone else ASAP!

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    • jenny l Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      I'm only 23 and his exact answer was "I've never treated anyone at your age with BC so it's not possible for you to have it at your age" .... I said wow!

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    • jenny l Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      I'm only 23 and his exact answer was "I've never treated anyone at your age with BC so it's not possible for you to have it at your age" .... I said wow!

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Jenny just because he hasn't treated someone at 23 for bc doesn't mean it couldn't happen. My daughters pediatrician told me about a 14 year old who had a lump and was breast cancer. I worked for an ob/gyn we did fine needle biopsy on breast lumps...

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      Jenny just because he hasn't treated someone at 23 for bc doesn't mean it couldn't happen. My daughters pediatrician told me about a 14 year old who had a lump and was breast cancer. I worked for an ob/gyn we did fine needle biopsy on breast lumps all the time. It could just be a cyst and once it's aspirated it's gone. The fluid that was aspirated was put on a slide and sent to the lab for evaluation. Please please see another doctor. They may not be able to see anything in a mammogram because you are young and your breast are dense. Meaning firm and more solid then us older women who start to get saggy baggy boobs at 40 and older. But an ultrasound could be done to see if the lump is solid or fluid filled. And you need to be followed. Does the lump go away after your period We'd have are patients come back during different times of their cycle Fibrocystic breast you get tender and more lumpy during ovulation once you have your period the lumps subside until you ovulate again. But even with that one cannot assume lumpy breast are caused by Fibrocystic breast disease. Any lump needs to be evaluated and monitored no matter what age. Please Please see another doctor.

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    • jenny l Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      The lump has been there for 2 months, doesn't hurt, and I demanded to get an ultrasound done so I'm going back on the 22nd

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anónimo
      Sobreviviente desde 2003

      You go girl. Woo hooo So happy you are getting that ultrasound done Please keep us posted Sending positive vibes your way. We are here for you.

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    • jenny l Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      Thank you! : )

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I'm 23 and was diagnosed with breast centre in december, difinitely have a biopsy!!

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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 4 Paciente
    The other ladies are so right. Unfortunately there are still doctors out there that think there's an age limit on breast cancer. Not true!!!!!! You need to find a specialized breast center in your area. If you're not sure where to go...just call the American Cancer Society. They'll refer you to a good clinic in your area. Don't give up until you have an answer that you're content with. Don't ever hesitate to get a second opinion!!
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  • Cheryl Wornham Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    I agree with everyone else you need to see another dr
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2007
    Jenny, I know this entire group is out here in cyber-land screaming "GET ANOTHER DOCTOR ....NOW" I am just adding my two cents, and screaming voice to the other women.... get yourself to another doctor asap.
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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2003
    I agree with Tiffany. Jenny go and see another doctor. The lump may be nothing. But you won't know that until it is biopsied. You know the saying the squeaky wheel gets the Grease, Speak up and insist that your lump be evaluated. Go to a wo
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anónimo
      Sobreviviente desde 2003

      Was going to suggest to go to a women's health center sometimes they are more helpful and know how to get insurance approval. And there is always the option to say you will pay for it yourself while they are trying to get approval.

      over 8 years Flag
  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2011
    I was diagnosed in October at age 35 and I thought that was young, but in the last several months I've heard many examples of women in their 20's with breast cancer. These doctors need to wake up! This is becoming a young woman's disease, unfortunately!
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  • Ashley Reynolds Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    I would also find another doctor! I am 30 and was just diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer and am getting ready to have chemo. Definitely get another opinion!
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  • Ashley Reynolds Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I would also find another doctor! I am 30 and was just diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer and am getting ready to have chemo. Definitely get another opinion!
    over 8 years Comment Flag
  • Rebecca Wood Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I am 26 with stage 3 cancer go to another doctor ASAP!
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  • Danielle Moore Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    I agree with everyone else!! I had a benign breast tumor at 19 but if nothing was done it would have continued to grow!! Plus, the only way to know is a biopsy. All the best to you!!
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  • Kim Wallis Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    How old are you? I am just curious about how young is too young.
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    • jenny l Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      I'm 23

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was only 27 when I found my lump put off going to the doctor for a year and at 28 found out it was stage 3 breast cancer that had spread. That was 2 yrs ago 1 yr cancer free only thing I can say is keep looking until u find a doctor that will run test and not just a mammogram good luck
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