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Monday, August 25, 2008 Priscilla, Community Member, asks

Q: Is a dull aching pain in and around the breast and down the side of the chest, a sign of cancer?

a dull aching pain in and around the breast area, that won't go away

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/25/08 9:06am

Hi Priscilla: In general, pain isn't a sign of breast cancer, unless it's accompanied by redness, swelling, heat, and perhaps itching (like an infection). Perhaps you're having some hormonal issues? It's good that you're noticing breast changes; that's the best way we can protect ourselves from cancer. Why not get this checked out by a doctor? Perhaps you can find out what it is and treat it. No sense being in pain if you don't have to be! Good luck - PJH

Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
8/25/08 1:14pm

Is this your left or right side?  Chest pain on the left side could be heart-related.  Sometimes pain we feel in our breast actually starts somewhere else.  As PJ suggests, checking with a doctor would be a good idea for any pain that isn't getting better. 

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By Priscilla, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/22/14, First Published: 08/25/08