45 doctors weighed in:

Is breast cancer typically painful?

45 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amit Jain
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
11 doctors agree

In brief: No

Almost never as a matter of fact.
Painful breast lump is often from trauma or infection.

In brief: No

Almost never as a matter of fact.
Painful breast lump is often from trauma or infection.
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Dr. Mark Pack
Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

Breast cancer typically is not painful.
Early on there is usually no pain. More advanced breast cancer can be painful. Early on the typical finding is a lump or an abnormality on a mammogram.

In brief: No

Breast cancer typically is not painful.
Early on there is usually no pain. More advanced breast cancer can be painful. Early on the typical finding is a lump or an abnormality on a mammogram.
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: Breast CA and Pain

Most Breast Cancer is not painful especially at early stages.

In brief: Breast CA and Pain

Most Breast Cancer is not painful especially at early stages.
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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Many times breast cancer may be present without pain.
On certain situations it may be painful. If you have any reason to suspect breast cancer it is best to have it checked. Although in your age breast cancer is rare but is not unheard of. Don't go only by presence or abscence of the pain.

In brief: Not necessarily

Many times breast cancer may be present without pain.
On certain situations it may be painful. If you have any reason to suspect breast cancer it is best to have it checked. Although in your age breast cancer is rare but is not unheard of. Don't go only by presence or abscence of the pain.
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Dr. Moshe Lewis
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: No not typically

and certainly it is very rare in someone as young as you are.
Therefore, you should be worked up thoroughly and diagnosed before jumping to conclusions. Breast cancer is very rare at your age compared to fibrocystic disease.

In brief: No not typically

and certainly it is very rare in someone as young as you are.
Therefore, you should be worked up thoroughly and diagnosed before jumping to conclusions. Breast cancer is very rare at your age compared to fibrocystic disease.
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Dr. Amy Levin
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Breast cancer usually presents as a painless lump in the breast, if not caught early by a screening mammogram.
The effects of advanced breast cancer can be painful, such as bone tumors or breast infection. Breast pain is very unlikely to be cancer. Please get evaluated by a physician if you have breast pain or a lump.

In brief: No

Breast cancer usually presents as a painless lump in the breast, if not caught early by a screening mammogram.
The effects of advanced breast cancer can be painful, such as bone tumors or breast infection. Breast pain is very unlikely to be cancer. Please get evaluated by a physician if you have breast pain or a lump.
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Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Breast CA&symptoms

Breast CA is usually found on mammogram.
The pt may not even feel anything. Some pts will have a mass or a lump in the breast. Even when breast CA has invaded the skin or a large part of the breast it is usually NOT painful. If your breast is sore it is more likely related to hormones gone "bad"

In brief: Breast CA&symptoms

Breast CA is usually found on mammogram.
The pt may not even feel anything. Some pts will have a mass or a lump in the breast. Even when breast CA has invaded the skin or a large part of the breast it is usually NOT painful. If your breast is sore it is more likely related to hormones gone "bad"
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Typically not

There are many more causes of breast pain that are more common than cancer.
Having said that, cancer can cause breast pain in certain circumstances. Your doctor can help evaluate and treat the cause of breast pain.

In brief: Typically not

There are many more causes of breast pain that are more common than cancer.
Having said that, cancer can cause breast pain in certain circumstances. Your doctor can help evaluate and treat the cause of breast pain.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Typically not

pain is not a common presenting symptom of breast cancer.
Only about 4% of breast cancer are presented with breast pain- majority are presented with abnormal mammogram , or palpable mass.

In brief: Typically not

pain is not a common presenting symptom of breast cancer.
Only about 4% of breast cancer are presented with breast pain- majority are presented with abnormal mammogram , or palpable mass.
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

That's the problem. If it was painful we could just wait for symptoms to take it out.
The majority of breast cancers grow silently inside the breast for years without pain. That's why we need mammograms -- to detect the silent ones .

In brief: No

That's the problem. If it was painful we could just wait for symptoms to take it out.
The majority of breast cancers grow silently inside the breast for years without pain. That's why we need mammograms -- to detect the silent ones .
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