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A 20-year-old female asked:

Pain in both breasts, especially right breast and new bumps on nipple how likely is this to be cancer and what else could it be?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 41 years experience
CANCER DOUBTFUL: Breast cancer is usually not tender. Since both breasts are tender i suspect this is some degree of fibrocystic change. Now, i'm not sure what to make of new blemishes on the nipple, but, again, highly unlikely this is a cancerous process. Just discuss this with your doctor. Good luck.
Dr. Manoj Reddy
Radiation Oncology 25 years experience
Highly unlikely: In most cases, breast tenderness and pain, mastalgia, signals a noncancerous (benign) breast condition. Breast pain is rarely associated with breast cancer.Cyclic pain is the most common type of breast pain an may be caused by the normal monthly changes in hormones. If it persists, suggest you see your primary care physician. Best wishes.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Physiologic: Pain in cycle with your periods? This does not sound like breast cancer. Pain is not a normal symptom of breast cancer. This is the breast tissue responding to the hormones in your body related to your cycle.

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A 20-year-old female asked:

Pain in one breast and new bumps on nipple , could this be anything other than cancer?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 28 years experience
Most likely not : It does depend on ones age, menstrual status, personal medical history, and family history. Best is to see your doctor, have a mammogram and ultrasound. If a problem is identified-many times they can do a needle biopsy there-or refer to a surgeon for excisional biopsy
Last updated Oct 4, 2016


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