What is Breast Pain?

Breast pain is the second most common symptom for patients who visit the breast clinic (the most common is a lump in the breast). Breast pain affects women of all ages and can be cyclical or non-cyclical i.e. related to your menstrual cycle or not. Breast pain can affect one breast or both breasts. Breast pain is also called mastalgia or mastodynia.

What are the causes of Breast Pain?

You may be often worried that something suspicious is causing your breast pain. In the majority of cases, breast pain is a benign symptom and it is not related to breast cancer. However, in some cases, breast pain will be the first symptom that can lead the patient to a specialist and following assessment a breast cancer diagnosis will be made. It is therefore very important that you remain aware of your breast pain and always seek specialist advice when the breast pain persists for more than a week.

What are the symptoms of Breast Pain?

Breast pain can manifest as:

  • A shooting pain
  • A throbbing sensation
  • The sensation of heat
  • A sense of electric current coming from a chest wall through the nipple.

How is Breast Pain Assessed?

During your breast health assessment Mr Charalampoudis will perform a full clinical examination and will also request a mammogram and an ultrasound (gel scan) as appropriate.

What are the treatments for Breast Pain?

When your triple assessment for breast pain is benign and there is nothing suspicious found, Mr Charalampoudis will provide you with specialist advice about how to best treat your breast pain. Some lifestyle modifications that can lead to decreased breast pain in women are reduced caffeine intake, avoidance of smoking and alcoholic drinks, regular aerobic exercise and drinking plenty of water (hydration).

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