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Does breast cancer affect children differently than adults?

More than 90 percent of people diagnosed with breast cancer are over age 40. Breast cancer in children and teens is extremely rare, but it does sometimes occur. Young girls and teens should learn to do breast self-exams; they will learn what feels normal, so they will be better able to detect any later lumps or other changes that may indicate cancer.

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