Breast pain is a common breast problem. Although continued pain is a concern, it is rarely the only symptom of breast cancer. Most breast cancers involve a mass or lump, either found by the patient or clinician or found as an abnormality on routine breast imaging. About 70 percent of women experience breast pain in their lives, and only 15 percent will require treatment. Please contact your care provider with any continuing breast pain, and be sure to have a clinical breast examination prior to making your breast imaging appointment.
There are two categories of breast pain: cyclical and non-cyclical. Cyclical breast pain is the normal pain that women experience, usually prior to their cycle or period, and is caused by hormone stimulation.