Breast pain

Breast pain is very common in women of all ages. Breast pain can cause a lot of anxiety, and many women worry that they have breast cancer. Breast pain alone is not usually a sign of breast cancer and is much more likely to be either a benign (not cancer) breast condition or chest wall pain due to other factors.

There are three main categories of breast pain.

Severe, long-lasting breast pain can sometimes affect a woman’s daily activities which may cause anxiety and, for some, depression but this isn’t the case for most women and their pain can be helped or managed.

Last reviewed: April 2015
Next planned review begins 2018

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