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Could slight breast pain mean cancer or muscle strain?

Could slight breast pain mean cancer or muscle strain?

Yes: Most cancers of the breast don't cause pain but some do, so what you describe could be almost anything. At your age is not likely to be cancer but if it bothers you enough to ask, why don't you have it checked by your doc? Hopefully it will take a weight out of your mind. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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 get breast pain the 2 weeks before my period, worse pain in the right one, plus it itches sometimes. Does that mean breast cancer?

I get breast pain the 2 weeks before my period, worse pain in the right one, plus it itches sometimes.  Does that mean breast cancer?

Not likely: Painful & sometimes swollen or lumpy breasts, worse around the menstrual cycle, is most often a benign fibrocystic condition. However, a firm breast lump that persists would be concerning. See a doctor for a breast examination. ...Read more

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Besides cancers what might cause breast pain in the man?

Besides cancers what might cause breast pain in the man?

Heart problems: If breast pain cannot be reproduced by pushing on the chest, and especially if it occurs/gets worse after exercise or walking up stairs, the problem may be your heart. Tell your doctor about these symptoms. If you have breast pain with sweating, nausea, arm pain or a feeling of pressure or tightness in your chest, go to the closest er or call an ambulance. ...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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Is one month of breast pain a sign of breast cancer?

Is one month of breast pain a sign of breast cancer?

Not usually: A particular or focal area of pain should be investigated with mammogram and/or sonogram, but breast pain all over is usually fibrocystic/hormonal pain. Breast cancer is usually a painless, hard, non-movable lump. Anytime you are concerned about changes in your breast, consult your doctor to see if additional testing is needed. ...Read more

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Breast pain normal at age 23? No history of breast cancer

Breast pain normal at age 23? No history of breast cancer

Better sports bra: It could be that you need a better sports bra for support. Find a place that does a good fitting for bra, or consider a sports bra. If you have pain in a specific area see a surgeon. ...Read more

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I've noticed no changes to my health or any breast pain since this lump has appeared. Could this be cancer?

I've noticed no changes to my health or any breast pain since this lump has appeared. Could this be cancer?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful answer without examining the lump and it will probably require a mammogram and/or biopsy. Most lumps are not cancer. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-lumps/my00165. ...Read more

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I've also noticed no changes to my health or any breast pain since this lump has appeared on my right breast. Is this cancer?

Possibly: Breast cancer only causes pain and feeling of ill health and pain when the cancer is advanced. If you have a lump in your breast, you need to have it checked out soon. ...Read more

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If I have breast pain and heaviness for about 2 weeks then nothing for about 6 months, then it does it again, what are chances of breast cancer?

Not Br Cancer: The presence of a malignant lesion of the breast is never associated with heaviness and pain following which symptoms subside. Malignancies progress as well as symptoms. The effect of hormones on the breast at age 31 are usually associated with swelling of the milk ducts and breast pain as well as heaviness. At age 31, evaluation is by physical exam and sono, not mammography until age 35. ...Read more

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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