can pain in breast be a sign of cancer?

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I have developed pain in soft breast tissue in one breast, could this be a sign of cancer?

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    Dear Elaine,

    Often times, the pain comes from hormonal changes before and during one's period. Usually, breast cancer is painless. That being said, I strongly recommend consulting with a physician to have the breast pain evaluated by a professional. You didn't give your age, history of family breast cancer, history of breast feeding, birth control pills, number of pregnancies, live births, that will be helpful to further assess the risk. You will need a breast exam, mammogram, and possibly an ultrasound for the evaluation.

    Best regards,

    Merry Juliana

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      Hello Merry

      I am 53, well out of menopause and my sister died of brest cancer a good few years ago. i have 2 children and did take the pill for around 5 years. i also took hrt for around 5 years until recently.

      i saw doc this morning and i asked if it could be a sympton and he said, "i dont know" i have had blood trsts that are due back this week and hoping for some answers. i have read online that in some cases it has presented as just pain. i had a mommo a year ago and was clear then.

      Elaine

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      Elaine,

      Go to your Gynecologist who will order a mammogram, ultrasound, and perhaps an MRI of both breasts. As your sister died of breast cancer, you still need a breast exam and imaging studies ASAP!!!! Blood tests are not going to show to show breast cancer. If you can't get an appointment with your gynecologist, make one with a breast surgeon, ASAP, who will order the appropriate imaging studies. You are at a much higher risk for breast cancer.

      My Twin's and my breast cancer were caught early. The mammograms were clear (negative) the prior years, but always had calcifications. The cancers were identical in tumor markers, same location, tumor type, size, time of diagnosis, everything. We had partial mastectomies, radiation, and are on chemo. We have excellent prognoses.

      Best Wishes

      Merry Juliana

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    They say Breast Cancer is painless, but my tumor was very painful. Best to get a mammogram or have your md do a physical breast exam. Good luck to you, hopefully it is hormonal
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    IN 2001 WHEN I WAS 49. I FELT PAIN IN THE BOTTOM OF MY LEFT BREAST. WHEN I SAY FELT, I MEAN, I ONLY FELT IT TO THE TOUCH. I FIRST NOTICED IT WHEN LYING IN BED ON MY TUMMY. IT FELT SIMILAR TO WHEN YOU PRESS A BRUISE. I POKED AND PRODDED AND THOUGHT MAYBE THAT I COULD FEEL SOMETHING, BUT NOT NECESSARILY A LUMP. I ALSO NOTICED THAT MY NIPPLE WAS INVERTING WHEN I LIFTED MY ARM.

    I TOOK A TRIP TO MY GP. SHE REFERRED ME TO THE LOCAL HOSPITAL.

    I COULDN'T WAIT THE 2 WEEKS AND SO DECIDED TO SEE THE SAME BREAST SURGEON PRIVATELY. HE SCANNED MY BREAST AND FELT AROUND. HE DID NOT GIVE ME A MAMMOGRAM. HE SAID THAT IT'S NOT CANCER AND ADVISED ME TO TAKE SOME EVENING PRIMROSE. HE SAID IT WAS MOST LIKELY HORMONAL.

    3 MONTHS LATER I DECIDED TO REVISIT MY GP AS THE PAIN WAS STILL THERE. THIS TIME I WAITED FOR THE TWO WEEKS TO HAVE THE STANDARD NHS TESTS. A MAMMOGRAM REVEALED CANCER CELLS. WITHOUT GOING INTO TOO MUCH DETAIL. I ENDED UP HAVING PART OF MY BREAST REMOVED, AS IT WAS DCIS. THEREFORE CONTAINED IN THE DUCTS. THE SAME CANCER SPECIALIST AS BEFORE SEEMED FAIRLY SATISFIED THAT THIS WAS ENOUGH BUT ALSO SAID THAT IF I FELT I WANTED A MASTECTOMY WITH RECONSTRUCTION. HE WAS WILLING TO DO THIS. BUT, IT WASN'T URGENT. DURING THE NEXT 6 MONTHS I HAD SEVERAL APPOINTMENTS WITH THE PLASTIC SURGEON TO DISCUSS PROCEDURES. ANYWAY, I HAD A TRAM FLAP OP. THE PLASTIC SURGEON DISCOVERED TISSUE WHICH LOOKED SUSPICIOUS AND HAD TO ALSO REMOVE MY NIPPLE. AFTER RECOVERY I WAS TOLD THAT IT WAS THE BEST DECISION I COULD HAVE MADE AS THE CANCEROUS CELLS WERE PRESENT IN OTHER PARTS OF THE BREAST. IF I HAD NOT GONE AHEAD WITH THIS OP, GOODNESS KNOWS WHERE I'D BE NOW.

    WHAT I'M SAYING IS 'GO WITH YOU GUT'. IF IT DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT. GET OT CHECKED ND IF YOU'RE STILL NOT HAPPY. GET IT RECHECKED.

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