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A 23-year-old female asked:

I've been experiencing pain on my left side of my chest and breast and it radiates to my back. my doctor said it wasn't cancerous, what can it be?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Several things: Costochondritis or inflammation of anterior ribs and strained muscles can cause pain. Obviously cardiac issues occur in this region. Referred pain from below diaphragm such as gaseous distention of splenic flexure of colon , stomach distention , ge reflux, and pancreatitis. In the chest pleuritis, infammation of lining of left lung and pulmonary inflammatory process within the left lung possible.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Many things: Sounds muscular or bone related. Cancer would be uncommon at your age except in patients with inherited cancer traits.

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