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Signs That Could Indicate Breast Cancer in Teenage Girls

By Dr. Sajjan Rajpurohit in Breast Cancer

Nov 30 , 2022 | 1 min read

Teenagers, particularly girls between 13-18 are the most at risk for developing breast cancer. And with all the new beauty trends and social media that headstrong teenagers love so much, it can be challenging to make out if you see signs of cancer or if it is just a part of normal teenage life.

What are some warning signs?

Key signs to look out for:

  • A lump or thickening in the breast or underarm area

  • Changes in the size or shape of the breast

  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin on the breast

  • Breast pain not related to your menstrual cycle

  • Nipple discharge (other than milk) or changes in the appearance of the nipple, such as redness, crusting, or inverted nipples

  • Redness, swelling, warmth, or itching of the breast 

  • Swelling in the lymph nodes under your arm or around your collarbone

  • Unexplained weight loss or fatigue 

If you are experiencing any symptoms, see a doctor so they can rule out other potential causes and give you the best course of treatment.

How to detect breast cancer symptoms in teenage girls?

It can be challenging to detect breast cancer symptoms in teenage girls because they are typically not looking for them and may not even think they are at risk. However, there are some signs that adolescent girls should be aware of, which could indicate the presence of breast cancer.

One sign to look for is a lump or thickening in the breast tissue. The adolescent can look and feel for lumps on their own or be checked by someone else, like a medical professional. Having any lumps checked out as soon as possible is vital, as they could be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

Early detection is key to survival

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer so you can seek treatment as early as possible. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate. Early detection of breast cancer is key to survival.


If you're a teenage girl worried about breast cancer, keep an eye out for potential signs and symptoms. While most of the time, these won't be indicative of cancer, it is always better to be cautious and get checked out if you notice anything unusual. Keep these 14 signs in mind, and if you experience any of them, don't hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor.