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Breast pains and left underarm pain. Could it be cancer?

Breast pains and left underarm pain. Could it be cancer?

Heart disease: Depending on your age and risk factors, the symptoms you described are more likely to be due to cardio-vascular disease than breast cancer. Please note that heart disease kills more women than breast cancer. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I'm in my early 20's and have had breast pain on the underside of my left breast for about a month. Is it cancer? What could it be?

I'm in my early 20's and have had breast pain on the underside of my left breast for about a month. Is it cancer? What could it be?

Cancer is unlikely: Cancer is unlikely in your age group and rarely hurts. It could be a poorly fitted bra or some other irritant. Are you doing regular self exams? If so, do you feel anything different? It is most likely trauma. You could have some fibrocystic change which is benign and doesn't increase the risk of cancer but does cause pain usually in the 2nd half of the cycle and is made worse with caffeine. ...Read more

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40 years old woman with chronic pain in left shoulder+ left breast pain becomes worse during period and ECG+Echo are normal, is it breast cancer?


40 years old woman with chronic pain in left shoulder+ left breast pain becomes worse during  period and ECG+Echo are normal, is it breast cancer?

Need mamogram/ultra: This can be a number of things. breast pain is not a common presenting symptom of breast cancer, but can occur. breast pain during menses is common due to enlargement of the breast ducts during the estrogen surge. I would have a mammogram or ultrasound if you have a painful lump, although this is usually due to fibrocystic disease ...Read more

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I have sharp pains under my left breast and a little to the side towards my armpit. Could this be breast cancer?

I have sharp pains under my left breast and a little to the side towards my armpit. Could this be breast cancer?

Get checked out: You are young but workup needs to start proper screening with self breast exams looking for new lumps, breast exams by your physician looking for skin or nipple chanes as well as masses or lymph nodes, and mammogram and ultrasound if needed are the best ways to pick up early stage breast cancer before it causes any symptoms. Once advanced it can cause many different symptoms throughout the body. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the far left side of my chest almost under armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

I have a pain in the far left side of my chest almost under armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

Mastalgia: Breast pain is not usually a sign of cancer and is more commonly related to hormonal changes or simple mastalgia. However, you should be seen by your surgeon to help figure out what is going on also imaging with an ultrasound could be helpful and or mammography this could be related to gynecomastia. ...Read more

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Left breast started hurting, found dime sized knot near armpit, was told breast cancer doesn't hurt, is this true? What else could it be?

Left breast started hurting, found dime sized knot near armpit, was told breast cancer doesn't hurt, is this true?  What else could it be?

See a Doctor: Any new lump in the breast should be a cause for concern, best handled by seeing your gyne or primary care doctor. While most cancers are not painful, it is not a reliable finding. Hopefully, your doctor will be able to alleviate your concern or refer you to a breast center/surgeon for definitive evaluation. I hope its a false alarm--good luck. ...Read more

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Hi,I am 45 years old and I have pain almost over a year now under my armpit left side, and part of my left breast .Is this sign for breast cancer? Or

Hi,I am 45 years old and I have pain almost over a year now under my armpit left side, and part of my left breast .Is this sign for breast cancer? Or

We don't guess: One does not sit at home and just worry or guess. You have a significant concern. Go get an examination and testing to determine the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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I ve small pain in my left breast, left armpit & back(left side). Can dis b a symptom of breast cancer(no cancer history in my family) I am 21 female?

I ve  small pain in my left breast, left armpit & back(left side). Can dis b a symptom of breast cancer(no cancer history in my family) I am 21 female?

Very unlikely: It would be extremely unusual, but not impossible, for this to be a breast cancer. Any persistent symptom in the breast, and certainly any mass, should be examined by a doctor. You may need to have an ultrasound of the area done. It is always better to look into these things than ignore them. ...Read more

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My left breast hurts on the side and in the armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

My left breast hurts on the side and in the armpit. Could it be breast cancer?

Not likely: Pain is not a usual feature of breast cancer. Is there a mass or lump? If there is a lump, see your doctor immediately. Does your bra fit well on both sides? Do mention this to your doctor at your next visit. ...Read more

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If I have pain in my left breast armpit and around my shoulder blade, could it be breast cancer?

If I have pain in my left breast armpit and around my shoulder blade, could it be breast cancer?

Unlikely : In general.. No.. Breast cancer is typically a painless palpable lump or it's a mammographical painless finding. Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive variant that can be painful as it involves the skin. Advanced cancer that has grown into the skin or chest wall can also be painful. See your physician for a good history and physical. A mammogram or ultrasound could be indicated. ...Read more

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If I have pain in my left breast armpit and around to my shoulder blade. Could it be breast cancer?

If I have pain in my left breast armpit and around to my shoulder blade. Could it be breast cancer?

Probably not: Would need to see a doctor for an examination, but pain is not a common symptom of breast cancer. Painless firm breast mass is more common. Breast and axillary pain can be from inflammation or muscle pains. See a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Found a lump on my left breast near the armpit. Is this breast cancer?

Found a lump on my left breast near the armpit. Is this breast cancer?

Get checked out: You are toung but workup needs to start proper screening with self breast exams looking for new lumps, breast exams by your physician looking for skin or nipple chanes as well as masses or lymph nodes, and mammogram and ultrasound if needed are the best ways to pick up early stage breast cancer before it causes any symptoms. Once advanced it can cause many different symptoms throughout the body. ...Read more

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24 year girl I have lump in my left axilla n pain on touch on right side of breast ia dr palpitaed me and suggested amoxiclave but i ve suspect cancer?

Agree with Dr.: Breast metastases in the axilla are seldom painful or tender. You're young for breast cancer though no one's immune. The node may have been doing its job catching bacteria. If by any chance you own a kitten, think of cat-scratch fever and consider tetracycline. If it's not changed in two weeks, consider having it needled for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Marble size lump in armpit ,aching and in left side of breast,noticed last August .My Dad ,2 Aunts 2 uncles died of cancer. I'm 50?

Marble size lump  in armpit ,aching  and in left  side of breast,noticed last August .My Dad ,2 Aunts 2 uncles died  of cancer. I'm 50?

Need more info: Are you 16 or 50? It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Mass in left armpit for 5 months growing tenderness in left side of breast with a burning ache. Possible cancer?

Mass in left armpit for 5 months growing tenderness in left side of breast with a burning ache. Possible cancer?

Yes, possible...: Need to see your gyn or primary doctor asap for an exam. Could be non-cancerous but if it is a cancer, your odds of beating it are so much better when it is diagnosed/treated as early in its course as possible. ...Read more

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I'm 27 at times I hav soreness in my left breast & armpit sometimes stabbing pain it's not cyclical. I'm very worried. My grandmas had breast cancer ?

I'm 27 at times I hav soreness in my left breast & armpit sometimes stabbing pain it's not cyclical. I'm very worried. My grandmas had breast cancer
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Worried: I understand your worry over your symptoms. I certainly would not want you to have persistent worry and I recommend even just for that reason, that you let a physician exam your breasts and if warranted, refer you for a mammogram. ...Read more

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Left breast is bruised, not sure why and in my left armpit my axillary lymph node is very hard and large, can't really be seen unless close up. Cancer?

Left breast is bruised, not sure why and in my left armpit my axillary lymph node is very hard and large, can't really be seen unless close up. Cancer?

Unlikely: Cancer is very unlikely in this situation, especially in a 16 year old. However, this issue needs to be evaluated. See a doctor. ...Read more

Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more


Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more