Is breast cancer painful?

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Breast pain is sometimes associated with breast cancer, but it’s not a common symptom. Photo: Pexels


(Ann Pietrangelo/ Healthline) — While some people with breast cancer may experience breast pain, it’s not a typical sign or symptom of breast cancer. Treatment for breast cancer and any breast cancer that has spread from the breast may cause pain in other parts of the body.

This article discusses how and when breast cancer causes pain, common symptoms of breast cancer, and other reasons for breast pain.

About two-thirds of women experience breast pain at some point, usually during their reproductive years. If you have unexplained breast pain, it’s a good idea to see a doctor just in case.

Cyclic breast pain is related to hormonal variations in the menstrual cycle. It tends to affect both breasts, causing swelling and tenderness.

Pain increases about 2 weeks before your period and begins to fade once you start. Hormone levels can also vary with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. (…)

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