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Is breast cancer really linked to upper back pain? I read in an article that it can be one of the first signs. I'm a little worried.....

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18 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely

Breast cancer rarely results in any kind of pain unless it is very advanced.

In brief: Not likely

Breast cancer rarely results in any kind of pain unless it is very advanced.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

You can have uper back pain from so many things- especially from muskuloskeletal problems like arthritis, muscle sprains etc.
Sometime, when the breasts size are too large also can give you problem with upper back pain due to the anatomy. In breast cancer patient- when back pain is present- always need to make sure that there is no spreading to the bone. It is not a first sign of breast cancer.

In brief: Not really

You can have uper back pain from so many things- especially from muskuloskeletal problems like arthritis, muscle sprains etc.
Sometime, when the breasts size are too large also can give you problem with upper back pain due to the anatomy. In breast cancer patient- when back pain is present- always need to make sure that there is no spreading to the bone. It is not a first sign of breast cancer.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

Upper back pain is not a common symptom of breast breast cancer.
If your back pain continues i suggest seeking medical attention to find the cause.

In brief: Probably not

Upper back pain is not a common symptom of breast breast cancer.
If your back pain continues i suggest seeking medical attention to find the cause.
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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Can be

Breast cancer that has metastasized frequently spreads to bone and in particular the spine.
This can easily be defined on MRI or PET and is usually associated with those lesions that have been found with multiple regional nodes. As tumor expands periosteum, pain begins to develop. Pecussion over area causing pain, relates to such mets, This is treated with chemo and local RT.

In brief: Can be

Breast cancer that has metastasized frequently spreads to bone and in particular the spine.
This can easily be defined on MRI or PET and is usually associated with those lesions that have been found with multiple regional nodes. As tumor expands periosteum, pain begins to develop. Pecussion over area causing pain, relates to such mets, This is treated with chemo and local RT.
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