Even though breast pain is common, experiencing it can be alarming, especially if your mind immediately jumps to the fact that it's a symptom of breast cancer. While that's sometimes true, there are many other potential and more likely causes, both that stem from issues inside your breast e. Breast pain may feel sharp or dull and be intermittent or constant, mild or severe. To get to the bottom of things, your doctor will need to conduct a detailed medical history, physical examination, and possibly imaging tests.
I recently went to my GP as I have had a burning sensation in my left breast for about four weeks. I am 49 years old and considered low risk. It is always best to get any changes to your breast checked out by your GP to be on the safe side. However there are many explanations for changes to the breasts including, cysts, infection and the hormonal changes that women go through at various stages of their lives. GP's will often refer someone who has a unexplained change to their breasts to a breast unit for further assessment often involving a mammogram to rule out the possibility of cancer. But only 1 in 8 who go to a breast clinic will be diagnosed with breast cancer, so try not to worry too much.
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. Most times, breast pain signals a noncancerous benign breast condition and rarely indicates breast cancer. Still, unexplained breast pain that doesn't go away after one or two menstrual cycles or that persists after menopause needs to be evaluated by your doctor.
My breasts hurt. Should I be worried? If you have breast pain, you are not alone. The good news is that most causes of breast pain are benign non-cancerous and usually related to hormonal changes in your body or something as simple as a poor fitting bra. Breast pain varies a lot from person to person and may feel like a dull ache, tenderness, burning sensation, sharp pain or just a sense of uncomfortable fullness.