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Is pain a breast tumor or cancer symptom?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Mastodynia
Of all women seen for evaluation of breast pain, most do not have breast cancer.
However, breast cancers can cause pain; therefore, it is worth seeing your doctor for any new breast pain that persists beyond one cycle. The most common cause of breast pain in younger women is hormonal changes assc with one's cycle. After menopause, the most common cause is chest wall pain referred to the breast.

In brief: Mastodynia
Of all women seen for evaluation of breast pain, most do not have breast cancer.
However, breast cancers can cause pain; therefore, it is worth seeing your doctor for any new breast pain that persists beyond one cycle. The most common cause of breast pain in younger women is hormonal changes assc with one's cycle. After menopause, the most common cause is chest wall pain referred to the breast.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually
Most things that cause pain usually aren't cancer and most cancers don't cause pain until they become advanced and obvious.
That said, if there is a persistent symptom (pain, lump, etc. ) that you're concerned about, see your doctor or a breast surgeon.

In brief: Not usually
Most things that cause pain usually aren't cancer and most cancers don't cause pain until they become advanced and obvious.
That said, if there is a persistent symptom (pain, lump, etc. ) that you're concerned about, see your doctor or a breast surgeon.
Dr. Sean Canale
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Primary breast cancers are almost never painful until they have spread and become incurable.
However, tenderness in the breast due to the benign changes that most women have does not mean that a dominant lump can be ignored.

In brief: No
Primary breast cancers are almost never painful until they have spread and become incurable.
However, tenderness in the breast due to the benign changes that most women have does not mean that a dominant lump can be ignored.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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