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Help please! is breast cancer painful?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
9 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Breast cancer is usually diagnosed at the time of a screening mammogram before it has reached a size detectable by palpation; when that small, it is rarely painful.
Once the cancer has grown to the point where it can be palpated, it still may not be painful, depending on its location in the breast and how rapidly it's growing.

In brief: Sometimes

Breast cancer is usually diagnosed at the time of a screening mammogram before it has reached a size detectable by palpation; when that small, it is rarely painful.
Once the cancer has grown to the point where it can be palpated, it still may not be painful, depending on its location in the breast and how rapidly it's growing.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. John Walker
Inflammatory breast cancer is painful, and although seen very rarely, it is seen. Mostly , as said, it is not a symptom of breast CA
Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not, but...

Most breast cancers are not painful, with some exceptions.
A rare type of breast cancer can be very painful. This is called inflammatory breast cancer (ibc). Many doctors aren't aware of ibc, so it's important you know about it! if you develop severe pain, redness, swelling, bruising, or dimpling in your breast or armpit area, see a doctor immediately! and ask "could this be ibc?".

In brief: Usually not, but...

Most breast cancers are not painful, with some exceptions.
A rare type of breast cancer can be very painful. This is called inflammatory breast cancer (ibc). Many doctors aren't aware of ibc, so it's important you know about it! if you develop severe pain, redness, swelling, bruising, or dimpling in your breast or armpit area, see a doctor immediately! and ask "could this be ibc?".
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Dr. Kenneth Lee
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

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.

In brief: Maybe

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.
Dr. Kenneth Lee
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