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Women's Health. It can come on suddenly—either a dull or stabbing pain in the breast called mastalgia. Even if you know the facts that breast pain is rarely a symptom of breast cancer the feeling can be troubling. Before menopause, breast pain is often experienced by women as part of their monthly cycle.
In most cases, breast pain is a by-product of reproductive life: Like breast swelling, it waxes and wanes during the menstrual cycle, and it's one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Many women expect breast pain to go away after menopause. When it doesn't, they may fear they have breast cancer.
Back to Healthy body. As you get older, it's natural for your breasts to lose their firmness, change shape, shrink in size and become more prone to certain abnormal lumps. In most cases, breast lumps are harmless, but whatever your age, it's important that you report any new lumps to your doctor.
Robin Wood-Moen began writing in The Merck Manual Home Edition suggests that pain in the breasts, which accompanies menopause or even post menopause is likely attributable to hormonal changes, cysts, infection, fibrocystic changes and in rare events, breast cancer. Pain is generally not a symptom of breast cancer in the early stages, but a licensed medical professional will be able to make that determination.
Breast pain is a common presentation and anxiety about breast cancer may account for high attendance levels. However, the risk of malignancy is low. Breast pain may be classified as cyclic mastalgia, non-cyclic mastalgia and extramammary pain.
The disease is related to an uncontrollable growth of cells in the breast, caused by inherited or acquired gene mutations and promoted by numerous risk factors. Every year in the U. Breast or nipple pain is a feeling of discomfort, tenderness, or affliction in any part of the breast or underarm region.
Breast pain mastalgia — a common complaint among women — can include breast tenderness, sharp burning pain or tightness in your breast tissue. The pain may be constant or it may occur only occasionally. Postmenopausal women sometimes have breast pain, but breast pain is more common in younger women who haven't completed menopause.