Whenever I touch my breasts they feel really sore; the pain seems to be there all night and day. What should I do?
Since you've come to our breast cancer site, I assume you're worried about this pain being a sign of cancer. Please don't stress; breast pain is seldom a sign of cancer. If your breasts are itchy, swollen/hot, and red, as well as being sore and painful, this could be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer, a very rare form of the disease; but I assume you're not experiencing any of these other symptoms.
Most commonly, sore breasts are the result of hormonal fluctuations. Many younger women experience sore breasts just prior to their period; this is completely normal. Sometimes, the soreness becomes chronic, in which case it's termed fibrocystic change – an annoying condition, but not dangerous.
Is there anything you can do to allay this soreness? Some women report that removing caffeine from their diet seems to help. You could also try cold compresses, if the pain becomes severe. Still, it's probably best to go to the doctor to see what's up; no sense being in pain all the time when there's possibly something that can be done about it. If your doctor can't help, ask for a referral to a breast specialist for a second opinion. Good luck – I hope you get some relief soon.
hi my name is tiffany and i hav a question.
my breast and chest hav been hurting since forever and i hav went to the doc and they say anxiety attack. but i kno its not that. wat should i do? its like everwhere i go all i do is complain and just like grab them and see if that works but it never does. i don't kno if the birth control has something to deal with this but i hav recently stopped taking them and i hav no cycle is that a goodor bad thing? thank you
Hi Tiffany- This sounds very hormonal. Young women often have issues with soreness due to hormones, soreness that comes and goes over the course of your cycle. You could also be suffering from fibrocystic change, which can produce cysts and painful fibroadenomas (a harmless overgrowth of breast tissue). As for stopping birth control and having no period, that would be a question for your doctor. I'd suggest you see the doctor again (or a new doctor), and mention fibrocystic change, and your issues with your period. Perhaps this new information will get you a better response. Good luck - PJH
my breast hut and big, anytime or anyday i fat, my breast will hard too. what do i do, i have big breast since when i was born but i want it to reduce to size 32 cos i am using size 38 or 40. please i need grugs that is reduce breast.
Hi Jane - This wouldn't be a breast cancer issue, so not sure how to advise you. There's such a thing as breast reduction surgery; also, drugs you can take to treat hormonal pain, which this probably is. If you can get to a doctor, I suggest you ask about this problem, as a doctor is the only one who can provide a solution. Good luck - PJH
My name is Jessica,
My breast hurt too, is there anything i can do to make them a little less painful? I'm young, but they hurt a lot sometimes. What can i do to make it hurt less?
Jessica, some women say that cutting back on caffeine helps (coffee, cola drinks, tea, etc.) If you're having a lot of pain, though, please see your doctor - it's probably hormonal, and there are drugs you can take to calm down those hormones (and tone down the pain). Best of luck to you - PJH
help, i'm 11 and same with me, its like a lump in my breast- too scared to tell anyone HELP,what shall i do?
Ur only 11 which means that you're just developing your breasts. The lump is normal and everyone has it in their breasts. As your breasts get bigger so does the lump. Its really nothing to worry about
hi wendy, my breast are tender and sometimes feel heavy. my nipples are itchy aswell,, i am taking pills to replace my hormones on my underactive thyroid. i dont know if this is the cause.. can u please give me an answer as to why i might have itchy nipples and sore boobs. thank u.
Hi - Please read our post on itchy nipples for information about what might be causing this. Your symptoms sound very hormonal; have you asked your doctor about this? PJH
Hi my name is Toya, I am 34yrs old and wear a 34G bra(no inplants), for over the past month when I take my bra off it hurts so bad in the right bood by my arm. It feels fine when I have a bra on but as soon as it comes off ouch. I looked at them in the mirror today and noticed it was a little swollen wear it hurts and you can feel the difference when I rub my hand across it. The pain is always in the exact same spot. I figure its just a curse of having big boobs am I right?
Pain isn't usually a breast cancer symptom; it can come from a number of sources, probably the least likely of which is cancer. But if your breast seems swelled; and you can feel thickness; and it's lasted longer than a month, then you should call a doctor and find out what's going on.
Don't be scared; as I said, breast cancer is rare, and other conditions, such as the painful cysts that can develop with fibrocystic change, are much more common. But you need to be responsible and find out exactly what this is, in order to rule out cancer, OK? So see a doctor. Take care- PJH
Large breasts can hurt when they don't have the support of a bra. But you are describing a change in one breast that has lasted a month. You might have a painful, but harmless, cyst. You might have an infection. The problem might be muscular. The least likely possibility is cancer. If it is a cyst, it may be possible to have it drained to relieve your pain. If it's an infection, you may need an antibiotic. Breast pain that lasts like yours has needs to be checked out by the doctor. There is a good chance that he or she will be able to relieve your pain.
im 13. my breast hurt alot lately but i feel lumps. im not sure if its just the things inside of your breast or if i have breast cancer. whenever i ask someone, they just say that my breast are growing or its the sign that im starting my period soon. but all i do is worry about it, what should i do?
Brooke, check out the answer I wrote where you posted your question, OK? And here's another post that might help - on fear, and how to beat it. Take care - PJH
i am only young and when i bump them it really heart why?
My breats started to hurt as well when I press or touch them a bit. I'm 14 in 2 months. My first period came 1 year ago. It needs to come this month as well. Since yesterday I have noticed the pain when I press/touch them a bit. I'm still a 28A sadly :(, which I really hate, anything I can do or eat for them to grow bigger because I'm nearly 14 and still a very small bra size. Anyway, back to the breats pain; do you think they're growing which causes the pain? Or maybe that my period hasn't come this month yet? I'm kind of worried and I would really appreciate if you told your opinion about it as well.
At your age, your period might still be a bit irregular; but if you miss it entirely this month, is there any chance you might be pregnant? Breast soreness in both breasts is a fairly normal sign of pregnancy. If there's no chance you're pregnant, then this pain is probably a regular part of growing and developing.
There's nothing you can eat or do to make your breasts larger; we all grow at our own rate, so I know it's hard, but you'll need to be patient. Also - you may never develop breasts as large as you'd like; and THAT'S OK. Really. Accept and be proud of your body; you're going to live with it for a long time, so best to be happy with however you look!
You might take a look at our teenagers' guide to breast development - I think you'll find it informative. Take care- PJH
Thanks a lot. And no, there's no way of me being pregnant. Thank so much again PJH.
OK, Jess, glad to hear you're not dealing with that possibility, anyway. Hang in there - things get better, believe me... PJH
hey im sorry to say but theres nuffin to do to help them grow but it sounds like the pain is to do with them growing and as well ur 14 so they still have time to grown so dont worry hun :) and if ur period hasnt come this mounth go see ur GP x
hope this helped :) x
Thanks for connecting here, Clare - that's what makes this community special. PJH
my breast started hurting about a month ago im 17, the past weeks my breast have difernt feel to the touch thay seem to be a swollen an verry tender but my nipples feel numb. should i be concerned or what do i do.? an i havent had a period in about a year now. an iv been to a dr. for that but thay said that i had sists on my ovaries an that that was normal. but ovarie cancer runs in my family,
Cysts on your ovaries isn't normal, nor is not having your period for a year at age 17. What you describe doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom, thankfully; but it does sound very hormonal. I'd suggest calling your GP, describing these current symptoms, and asking whether s/he wants to see you. If not, then you might want to ask for an appointment anyway, to find out more about these cysts - whether you need to do anything about them, and what you can do to get your period started again. If you don't get any satisfaction from your GP, then you may want to ask for a referral for a second opinion; this is definitely something you want to diagnose and treat, if necessary, especially since the condition - whatever it is - seems to be evolving, with new symptoms. Best of luck - I hope you get to the bottom of this soon. PJH
Hello!!! I am 17 years old. Usually, my breasts feel a bit hurt before my period but now my period has finished and my breasts still really hurts. I feel them getting harder and the pain is around the edges of my breasts. Is that worrisome? And one more thing so far my nipples havent appeared. Is that anyway i can do to help that?? Thank you
Sounds like you're going through puberty, and all the changes (and sometimes pain) that entails. Please read our guide to teenage breast development for lots of good information about just what's causing this pain, and what you can do about it. As for your nipples - if you have no nipples at all, not even a darker spot, then you'd want to consult your doctor and ask what's up. If you mean they haven't grown and become darker, then you just need to be patient; there's nothing you can do to hurry the process. Your body will develop on its own schedule. Take care - PJH
Hi. My name is ashley. so i have hurting problems really bad with only one boob.... normally my left boob gets a little tender before i get my period and back pains follow but im able to stop the pain as well with growing pains... i just massage it... but now my right boob hurts really bad to where i can barly touch it on the whole underneath and the whole nipple area... my vains are actually showing to and its not very offten that they show... i am 18 almost 19 and in very much pain... anyone know any possible reasons to my pain??
Janda, have you read this entire thread? Many women experience this kind of pain, and it's useful to read about how they cope. Thankfully, pain in the breast is very seldom a breast cancer symptom, especially in someone as young as you. Please read our message to teens about breast cancer for more information about this. In addition, our post on breast pain has lots of ood information, and should lessen your anxiety.
It sounds like you're experincing some severe hormonal pain; and it's not something you have to live with. There are medications that can help stabilize the hormonal swings that are probably at the root of this. Please see your doctor for help; when you want something to change, you have to take action to make it happen, and seeing a doctor is your first step. Good luck - PJH
Hi, Im jess. My right breast is swollen/hot, and itchy and hurts to touch it for about a week now. I don't know if you are still avalible to help answer my question, but I thought I would throw it out here. I am 25 years old if that helps. thanks in advanced.
Hi Jess - Sounds like you might have an infection or mastitis (a specific type of breast infection). MUCH less likely is a possible case of inflammatory breast cancer; but please don't stress over this. IBC is quite rare even in older women, and breast cancer at your age is very uncommon.
In any event, you need to see a doctor ASAP; please either go to the emergency room, or make an appointment tomorrow someplace where you can be seen the same day. Whatever this is, it sounds serious, and needs to be treated before it gets worse. Best of luck to you - PJH
Thank your for your quick reply. IBC does run in my family. I will go to the doctors tomarrow. Thank you again for all your help.
Well, that's unfortunate that you have a family history of breast cancer, but I'm glad you're aware of it. Let us know how your appointment comes out, OK? Best of luck to you - PJH
I'm not sure about your breast situation. I would definitely call you GP. Also, Cyst on your ovaries are NOT normal, although not uncommon. Seeing how Ovarian Cancer runs in your family, and you do have cyst, you should get more frequent checkups. Cyst's can turn into cancer, as that is what happened to me! So PLEASE keep in contact with your doctor!!
Good advice - the doctor is always the best authority and resource for serious medical issues. Thanks for your 2¢ here! PJH
Hi Ava - welcome to puberty! Our teen guide to breast development will tell you all about what's happening with your breasts, including why they're hard and painful. And yes, it's definitely "growing pains." Good luck as you go through the next few years of growth and development – it's an exciting, confusing, and ultimately critical time in your life. PJH
my breasts are killing me as well, whenever I toucj them or bang into something. They are not itchy, red or swollen so I do not think I have breast cancer. I'm starting to think I am pregnant because this is how they felt last time when I was pregnant, but the only thing is that my boyfriend has not came in me.. he's pulled it out or we havent had sex..ANY ANSWERS!!!
I had always heard breast cancer isn't painful. Boy was I wrong - I had the pain, but I also had stage 3 breast cancer. So if the breast is painful or looks different (inverted nipple, discharge, etc.) see a doctor immediately.
Ask if you have dense, fiborous breast tissue. If you do, demand an MRI. I had 30+ normal mammograms, and the tumors engulfed my whole breast (the large one was 4"), but they didn't show up on the mammogram because of the fibrous tissue.
Breast pain can sometimes occur during the weeks before your period is due. It may be something that comes and goes.
I must warn you in terms of the pregancy front is although your boyfriend my have pulled out before ejaculating there is still soem risk as pre-cum does contain sperm. You may want to think of alternative measures when having intercourse.
Back to the breast pain, it is a good idea to take note of when the pain occurs in corelation to your period and if it seems cyclonic then it is just hormonal however if the pain is constant and has no relation to your period I advise you to see a doctor.
My breasts hurt so bad. they have been this way for 5, 6 months. some days are better than others though. It hurts to wear a bra. the pain is just terrible. I have felt for lumps. can't find anything unusual. Deep in my breast there are several bumps. Is that normal? Where I live, our doctors suck! You have to have major symptoms of something before they look at you seriously. my mother was sick and for months and months they said you have a sinus inf. You have the flu. The last doctors appointment they said well you have stage 5 non hodgkins lymphoma. I want to get this checked but I am afraid they will say it's nothing and not order an MRI or Mamagram. I can say that it's not from periods. I had a Hystorectomy 2 years ago. Can you please tell me of any other signs or symptoms you had. Thank you so much!! Mandy email@example.com
Mandy, this sounds very hormonal, but since you had a hysterectomy - not sure what's going on. Pain in both breasts at once doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom; but you do need to find out what's causing it. You may very well have some cysts, or fibrocystic change, which can be very painful, and could be the cause of those deep lumps you feel.
Since you don't trust the doctors near you, would you be able to at least get one to give you a referral to a breast specialist? Other than that, you'll just have to go with your local doctors and keep hounding them. And since you haven't seen them yet - but are assuming they'll tell you it's nothing - why not at least give them a chance? Hope you get some relief soon - PJH
1. Breast pain like that is NOT normal. The bumps are NOT normal. The bumps in your breast are probably lumps - you need to get to a dr. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. You do have major symptoms - pain and lumps/bumps!!!!
2. First of all have you even seen a dr. in your area about this?
Are their any surgical oncologist around? If so, see one of them; if not, see a
gynocolgist or an internist.
If you know of someone who had/has breast cancer, get their oncologist or surgical oncologist's name - and go see them.
See one of them immediately. If one gives you the run around, see a 2nd one, and a 3rd one - they can't all be jerks.
If you are close to a teaching medical univeristy or a large town, take the time and go there if you can't find a good dr in your town.
3. I also had pain, breasts felt warm to the touch, and dimples in the breast which meant the cancer was growing around the inside of the breast.
4. Where do you live (town/state)? I can do some research for you if I know that.
5. How old are you?
6. Have you ever had a mammogram?
7. What type of doctor did your hysterectomy?
8. If a doctor refuses to give you a mammogram and an ultrasound right off the bat, turn them into the state medical board!
Don't be afraid to see a dr. If it is cancer, you want it caught as soon as possible to minimize the cancer spreading and minimize your treatment. Stage 1 cancer is much easier to treat than Stage 3 and survivor rates are much better too.
Fear can kill you if you don't get ahold of this situation.
You are in control of this - so take control of it because no one else can.
Please let me know what happens.
You are in my prayers!
Thanks Carolyn for your concern. I live in Ontonagon Michigan. Very small town. I am 32 years old. I asked my gyno a few years ago if I should have a mammogram and he said no. So I have never had one. My breasts are warm to the touch and hurt constantly. Although I have had a few days where they hurt less so I put off the Doctors. I am definatley going to make an appointment Monday. I just dred going here because the way you get treated. i once went to the ER for Kidney stones and the Doctor on call asked me where I was getting my Vicodin from. I told him that I don't use any sort of drugs. He said you only get kidney stones from Vicodin. Cancer runs in my family. Mother,sister and grandpa. Although no breast cancer. I will definatley be making an appointment Monday morning. Thanks again! Mandy
Mandy, I hope you have a better experience this time than you've had with your doctors in the past. The cancer in your family, since it's not breast cancer, doesn't increase your risk of breast cancer, so don't worry about that. And as I mentioned above, the fact that both breasts are involved would also point against it being cancer - it would be incredibly unusual for both breasts to develop cancer, that's advanced enough to be painful, at the same time. And breast lumps are almost always something other than cancer. So take heart - the statistics are on your side. Best of luck to you - PJH
i have a spot in in breast but my breast are warm and hurts all the time pain full
dose that mean something wrong
Maryann, what you describe qualifies as a breast change. If it's been going on for many months - like, 6 months or longer - it may be hormonal. If it's recent - like, within the last month - you may have an infection. Or it may be a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer, a rare form of breast cancer. At any rate, this is something you should get checked by a doctor, OK? Good luck - PJH
I teach sex education at a local school and you probably are pregnant because as many of us know pulling out is not the most effective way to prevent pregnancy because there may be sperm when his lubrication comes into you, you should get yourself checked out.
You could still be pregnant. You said he pulls out, but you can still get pregnant off precum. Every guy has it before he actually gets off.
Mandy have you found the problem of the pain yet. I'v had this problem almost a year.I had my galbladder removed last April and the pain started in the breast after,I hurt when i wear a bra are just by laying on my side.
hi my name is jackie and i had a histerectomy in 1999 tonight I felt tons of small lumps or nodules not sure what they r and ive never had the kind of pain in my breast like im have n now im scared and was wondering if the pain is possibly from cancer or from cysts. Any help with this would be greatl appreciated
im stephanie im 18, an my period isnt till the end of the month.. and maybe 4 or 5 days ago the got really sore. i had sex in the begining of the month, prego is comming to mind should i worry. do you think i am ?=[[why?=/ im worried!
Stephanie, breast changes like soreness or tenderness can be early signs of pregnancy, but it's not unusual for women to have sore breasts the week before their periods. If your period doesn't start on time, use a home pregnancy test, and see a doctor if it is positive. It's important to get good prenatal care from the very beginning of pregnancy. If you are not pregnant and not ready to have a baby, check with your doctor about the best form of birth control for you. Try not to worry and keep in mind that your soreness could just be normal premenstrual changes.
See a good oncologyist about the pain - you never know. I had heard breast cancer doesn't hurt, well I can verify it does in mine and other cases.
I have seen several of your comments. I am 47 and have had a hyst. already. I have fibromyalgia and have a lot of pain all over. However I had my a mamo about 8 months ago and they found an abnormalty and said that m breast were very dense and i needed to go back for a 2nd mamo. I went back and it was okay. About 3-4 mos. ago they started hurting really really bad, the whole things, both of them. Now both of them do but I have big lumps in them that hurt real bad, also dark green discharge. They don't get red or hot though, I don't think. Anyway I am setup for another mamo in April. What'd ya think?
I would immediately see a breast surgeon.
The discharge may be due to the fibrocystic disease. However, such greenish discharge is also characteristic for an inflammation of the breast ducts called mammary duct ectasia which is not usually related to an underlying cancer nor does it put you at greater risk than the normal for breast cancer. Ectasia is an inflammation of the breast ducts that is not caused by bacteria.
While it is usually a benign process, it can sometimes look like a cancer on a mammogram and thus will most likely require a biopsy. Also, surgery may be indicated if there is a verypersistent, copious discharge, breast pain, nipple retraction or an underlying mass thought to be an abscess or inflammatory mastitis. It is difficult to treat and excision of the inflamed ducts is only about 85% successful.
Whether the mammogram is benign or not, you should see a surgeon experienced in breast disease for further management.
You have several choices here:
1. do the mammogram - if it looks good, DEMAND an MRI
2. DEMAND the MRI now - you have already had 2 mammo's in 8 months
3. DEMAND a biopsy of the lumps
Thank you for such a prompt response. I plan to make an appt. with my PCP tomorrow and she can refer me out to a specialist. (I hope). I am with Kaiser, they are pretty good. I worry a little bit because I was on estogen for over 23 years. I was 23 when I had my hystorectomy.
Keep me posted on your progress and results.
my breast hurts alot before i'm on my menstral, but i'm late a couple of days. i also have this patch as big as my nipple near my nipple since march or april. it started out small but it was really itchy and a light pink color/light brown and you can tell it's a different texture but doesn't feel any different than skin. then it kinda grew, but it hasn't gotten bigger. i haven't gotten it check yet because i don't have medical insurance either. what should i do?
If it's both breasts hurting, it's no doubt hormonal; as you mention, it seems to happen around your period, which points to cyclic pain. If it's one breast hurting, the same breast where you see this skin patch, then you should see a doctor, just to find out what's going on. Go to your local hospital and ask them what resources they have for patients without insurance. They might very well be able to point you to a lower-cost community clinic. Good luck - PJH
Im 18 and my boobs hurt so bad when i touch them! its been like this for a year. I felt for any lumps and there was nothing that concerned me. However If i push harder i feel like a bounch of little pea sizes lumps deep in both of them. I thought maybe thats what the tissue feels like? I havent had my period in 3 years because im on birth control so i know its not my period. I have an auto immune disease and a thyroid problem. Would any of these things cause the pain?
Sounds like you have a lot of health issues going on here. This is almost definitely hormonal; perhaps to do with the birth control. You should definitely speak to your doctor about this, as there's probably something you can do to relive the pain. Don't worry about breast cancer; what you describe doesn't sound at all like cancer. But it does sound uncomfortable! So see a doctor and get some help, OK? Good luck - PJH
im 19, and ive had no sexual activity. my left breast has been hurting for about a week now whenever i touch them in certain areas only and ive felt them to see if anything was abnormal and it seems that the areas that hurt are as hard as rocks. my right breast has started to hurt as well about 2 days ago. They only hurt when i touch them. is this something i should be very concerned about?
Sounds like a normal part of puberty, which you're probably still going through. This is probably hormonal. Please read our post on breast pain, and our guide to breast development. Also, please read our post on fibrocystic change, very common in young women. I think you'll find all the information you need to decide whether/when to see a doctor about this pain. Good luck - PJH
i will look over them. thank you!
hi i m young girl of 25 years..since my breast started developing i feel it growing hard and hard breast..i wear 32 size bra, but i doubht if my breasts r normal beacuse i dont see ny change as it was growing like that only? otherwise i am all normal and active and working also..please guide.. its all hard and hard and can feel the hard mass inside now when i try to get the edges of it...
Dimpy, this sounds normal for you; since both breasts are hard, I'd imagine you have naturally dense breasts, which often feel hard and lumpy. If you feel a hard mass in one breast only, and it stays the same for more than a month, then you should see a doctor; otherwise, next time you see your doctor ask if s/he can examine your breasts and show you the best way to check for lumps, going forward. Good luck - PJH
Thanx PJH. Will try to get it checked soon as i am bit scraed to go to doctor :(
I am scared more worrying about whether it ll affect marriage ...
Hi again - Being scared is natural, but not a good excuse to avoid the doctor. ACTION will put your fears to rest. Think how nice it'll be to stop worrying when the doctor tells you everything is OK, right? It's a sign of being a grown woman that you take care of your health in a proactive way. So first, read our post on fear; then call the doctor and make an appointment. Take care- PJH
hi im 16 and my left breast has been hurting for a bit now, iv felt them and noticed that my left breast has a hard round lump that hurts even more when i touch it right under my nipple. i also felt my right breast to compare and it doesnt have anything in that one? is there something wrong?
Sounds like you're goinug through puberty, Steph. At your age, the chance of this lump having anything to do with breast cancer is less than 1 in a million, so please don't worry about that; although kudos to you, for being aware of breast health at your young age.
What you're feeling is probably a breast bud, an area of the breast that's poised for growth. Our guide to breast development will tell you all you need to know about how your breasts grow, and what to expect, symptom-wise, as they do. Please read both these posts; I think they'll make you feel much better. Take care- PJH
thanks i was a little worried and its good to have someone to ask ^-^
We're here for you, Steph - ask away, anytime! PJH
It could be Breast cancer or it could be that your breast are developing and it sometimes hurts when you like push it.Dont get scared.if you get scared call your doctor.
Luckily, most breast pain isn't caused by cancer, but by something else. It's often hormonal - and, especially since the pain seems to worsen around the time of your period, that's probably behind what you're experiencing. However, if you've had the pain for longer than a month, it would be good to speak to your doctor about it, just to make sure, OK? Good luck - PJH
Ruri, besides the possibilities PJ mentions, if you are still breast feeding, you might have a clogged milk duct or an infection like mastitis. Please check with your doctor if this problem continues. If you run a fever, or if your breast becomes red or feels hot, call the doctor right away.
I'm 36 years old I had my last kid 5 years ago before I had my daughter my breast size was a D cup now my boobs are a DDD and I have a milky discharge. I somtimes get cysts on them. I do my self checks and never feel anything but cancer does run in my family. Should I be worried and will my boobs ever go back down to my normal size before my last child they did for my other three kids?
It is not unusual to have a discharge years after a baby is born, especially if the breasts are squeezed. However, if this discharge happens without squeezing, then I think it is something to mention to your doctor at your next appointment. If it is only in one breast, then you would want to call right away. Are you having those cysts checked out with an ultrasound when they occur? I used to have a lot of cysts, and my doctor told me the only dangerous thing about cysts is that women who are used to them may assume all lumps are cysts and ignore one that turns out to be cancer. After having four children, your breasts probably will not go all the way back to their pre-pregnancy size, but breasts do grow or shrink with overall weight gain and loss. Both pregnancy and age can make it harder to lose weight, but if you are still carrying some extra pounds from the last baby, an exercise and weight loss program may help. With your family history of cancer, it's important to see a doctor for a physical that includes a breast check once a year.
Thank you. And no I haven't had the cysts looked at I just keep them clean and they go away but I will make an appt. again thank you.
Jen, it sounds like you may have a problem with breast boils? Cysts are interior, and not something you could keep clean; while boils are exterior, more like pimples. Either way, I'm glad you've got them under control.
As for cancer running in your family, your breast cancer risk would be increased only if you have a sister with breast cancer, or your mom was diagnosed before age 60 with breast cancer. Other types of cancer in your family won't increase your own risk for breast cancer, so please don't stress about that, OK?
As Phyllis says, it would be best to see a doctor for this discomfort you're experiencing. Good luck - I hope you feel better soon. PJH
Thanks for explaining, Jen. I was picturing cysts inside your breast. People sometimes get sebaceous cysts on the surface of their skin, but from your further description, PJ is probably on the right track in thinking that you may be getting boils. Either way, letting the doctor take a look would be a good idea.
Hi Grace – First of all, pain isn't normally a breast cancer symptom, so you can take heart in that. When you say "for awhile," do you mean longer than a month? If so, you should share this issue with a doctor and get checked, just for due diligence; any breast change lasting longer than a month should be examined by a doctor.
Even though the pain isn't on both sides, this could be hormonal. Or it could be an infection, or a small, harmless growth (papilloma). At any rate, use the guideline I mentioned above to decide whether/when to see a doctor. Best of luck to you - PJH
I have this same feeling, only mine are sore to even lay flat, I know I am not pregnant. I am 31 years old, I have a history of breast cancer in my family, I have had Verticle Melanoma removed from about 13 spots in my body, so I don't believe it is cancer because I frequently have scans done for that...but on top of the sore breasts I am experiencing sharp stabbing pains in my stomache on the right side but my left shoulder has this huge knot right in the middle of my Sterno Cleido Mastoid Muscle and my Upper Traps, The area behind my Occipital Protuberance becomes swollen to the point that you can see it reaching beyond my skull. My left arm becomes numb and heavy, I get light headed but not in a normal sense, I feel as though from the core of my body everything starts going numb and tingling, kind of like my upper body is sliding off my lower body I become clamy and pale, shaky and short of breath, I experience this about 3 weeks a month sometimes it is constant. My stress level is at a minimum, I have a healty diet, I am 5'5 105lbs a seven year old daughter, I currently am a stay at home mother, I live in the country, I don't eat a lot of sweets unless it is to keep my blood sugar up, I am hypoglycemic but I manage it by diet and have never had this kind of problem before with it. There are times I will be walking mid stride and this feeling will come over me I will have to grab something before I completely fall to the ground. I have seen doctors for this many of times...I have been diagnosed with everything from Torticollis which is not so because my head doesn't tilt to any direction without the knot in my neck being inflammed. I have been told I need a nerve blocks in my neck, I have been diagnosed with internal bleeding from an unknown source but nothing done about it, I have been told that I was going to a neck specialist and the doctor ask me to remove my shirt feel my breasts then say he was a foot doctor and send me on my way after waiting for six hours for an apt. I have been to get MRI's and never given my results good or bad...even after asking for them. Sad to say I have been suffering like this for going on 9 years. Can you please help me. It is scary when I fall out I am freezing breathless but pouring with sweat as if I was standing under a shower. Any Idea's is this an emergency? I am std free as well have been married to the same man for 8 years and get checked every six months just because I trust him but I don't trust anyone with my personal health. I just like to make sure I can work through cheating but I couldn't work through an STD or STI Thank you so much.
Oh yeah and my normal Range of BP is 90/65 HR 76BPM My BMI is 4%, When I feel this way my Bp is @ 137/80 and my heart rate is usually at 90-95 BPM, to doctors this is normal but it is high for my normal. I have always had low Blood pressure and heart rate. I stay cold all the time. So when I tell them it is high they say I wouldn't complain, I can't put on weight, they say why complain...Because it is just as unhealthy to be underweights as over weight, and the fact that my BP is in normal range statistically it isn't within my normal and it moderatly high...that to me is a concern. Please Help again, Thank you,
I don't take any medication's, I am allergic to Asprin, Ib Prophen, Codine, Hydrocodone, Benadryl Penn, Amoxicillian, Euthromyesin, and this list continues for 20 minutes...So I don't take anything not even a midol but I do smoke an occasional joint for relief. I don't drink have never drank, I smoke 10 ciggarette's a day at the most. I exercise by dancing, running, stretching and muscle toning. I really am scared.
Sarah Marie, I'm sorry, we're not doctors here, simply well-read breast cancer survivors. Our goal is to advise women concerned with issues around breast cancer; and the symptoms you describe don't sound breast-cancer related. Bottom line: you're obviously suffering, and need help. But beyond speaking with doctors and having tests (which you've already done), I'm not sure what else you might try. One thing I can suggest - if you're being treated at a hospital, ask to see the hospital's social worker. Sometimes a social worker can help you figure out what steps to take next, when everything you've tried so far hasn't worked. Best of luck to you - I hope you find a solution soon. PJH
Thank you, I knew you you were, I just thought maybe you had heard something similiar before thank you very much for your time and God Bless. I hope I do as well. Take Care, and thanks for everything you do for Cancer Patient's and people worried about having it. I just lost my Grandma to it last year and my Mother @ the age 50 in 08 to Brain Bone Heart and Breast Cancer. It started it in her heart. So what you do, is a blessing that you cannot describe. Again thank you, God's Angels!
We send you our best, Sarah Marie - I hope you feel better very, very soon! PJH
Hi Beani - When your breasts change in size due to either weight loss or gain, it's certainly possible you might experience itching and pain due to your skin being stretched, and nerves being affected. Since you indicate this is happening in both breasts, not just one, then it would be unlikely this would have anything to do with cancer, which nearly always presents symptoms in just one breast at a time.
Have you changed anything in your environment? Like your shower gel, or laundry detergent? Are you wearing a new bra? Doing a lot of swimming? Your breasts are sensitive, and any of these could produce the symptoms you describe. If you continue to have pain/itching for several weeks, it would probably be good to see a doctor; it sounds uncomfortable, and you'd want to find out what's up. But I wouldn't worry too much about cancer; this just doesn't sound like it's cancer-associated. Good luck - PJH
My name is Kimberly. I am a 34 yr old mother of 4 and a hystorectomy patiant!!! My breasts hurt so bad (not all the time but most) It gets so bad I have to stand in a hot shower, let the water hit my chest and HOPE for relief!! Some times it works but most times not.....I had this happen shortly after my Hystorectomy (over 1 yr ago) and the OBGYN put me on a hormone patch.....it seemed to help some but not enough. She said it was hormonal but the pain still prisists. I have no insurance and can not afford to go to the Doctor. What else could this be? I have done self breast exams but breasts feel weird any way and Im deffinetly not a Doctor.....Thanks for any advice! Please reply here firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly, if you had either or both of your ovaries removed during your hysterectomy, it seems likely that your body has had trouble readjusting to your usual level of hormones. Since you don't have periods anymore, you might want to try keeping a code for your pain level on a calendar if you still have one or both ovaries. Try something simple--maybe zero for no pain up to three for severe pain all day. If you are still producing hormones on a monthly cycle, you will probably notice the pain increasing in the week before you would have had your period. If the pain is uniformly constant, hormones may not be the culprit. Weight gain, pinched nerves or other problems might be the cause. Pain in both breasts, especially with a clear triggering cause like a hysterectomy, is not likely to be breast cancer or a dangerous infection. Tylenol or cold compresses may give you some relief. Ultimately, you will probably need to see a doctor again, maybe to have the dosage on your hormone patch adjusted. Ask the OBGYN about the cost for uninsured patients. There may be a discount.
my name is amber and im 20 years old. both of my breasts have been hurting here recently and i keep scaring myself into thinking its cancer. im engaged and i am sexually active. i also believe that im late on my period... what do you think it is...
Hi Amber - If you're sexually active, your period is late, and your breasts are sore, you could very well be pregnant - so that would be the first thing to check. Beyond that, you may have fibrocystic change, a basically harmless but painful condition many women your age experience. The least likely cause for your sore breasts is breast cancer – both because it's very uncommon at your age, and because it's not usually painful, and only rarely does it present symptoms in both breasts. So please don't worry about cancer; but do find out if you're pregnant, OK? Good luck - PJH
Thanks PJH! I actually took a pregnancy test last night and it was positive. So now all my questions were answered. Thank you for your reply! (:
Glad you figured it all out, Amber - best of luck to you on this new journey! PJH
Hi, my name's Jenny.
I'm 15 and recently my right boob have been hurting. (It's been 4-5 days) It hurts and it's only when I touch my nipple that it get worse. I haven't got my period in a month but that's normal since it's irregular. I can still do exercise without it bothering me. It looks like it only hurts during night time when I get my bra off and go to sleep. I observed an increase in heat (only on the right). I still haven't went to see a doctor.. I don't want to make my mom worry.. I just hope it's not breast cancer.
Actually, it's not only the right one that hurts. The left one too.. But that's only if I touch it.
Jenny, at age 15, it's virtually impossible that you have breast cancer; please read our message to teens about breast cancer for more information on this. It's good you're aware of the possibility, but you really don't have to worry about it at this point. In addition, pain is very seldom a sign of breast cancer, especially when it occurs in both breasts. I'd say you're going through puberty, your breasts are growing, and the hormones that makes them grow are very active - which can produce pain. Our teen guide to breast development will help clue you in as to just what's going on.
Now, that doesn't mean you need to put up with this pain. If it continues, and especially if it gets worse, see your doctor; s/he may be able to offer you some "hormone adjustment" medication to ease your discomfort. Good luck - PJH
Hi My name is Miranda,
I'm twenty and my breast have been hurting since I was thirteen. The pain can be unbareable at times. I don't think it's associated with my periods because they just hurt non-stop. I can't really do any physical activity because doing any kind of movement with my upper body makes them hurt. I've told my doctor and they think it's normal but my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm afriad I have it.
Hi Miranda - With your family history of breast cancer, it's good you're aware of your increased risk. However, what you describe doesn't sound at all like a breast cancer symptom. Breast pain, while it can sometimes be associated with breast cancer, is more often a result of hormonal issues; fibrocystic change (a condition common in women your age), or something fairly simple - like a bra that doesn't provide enough support.
This pain isn't something you should have to put up with. I'd suggest getting your GP to set up an appointment for you with a breast specialist, someone who deals with breast issues on a regular basis and has more experience in this area than your regular doctor. I'd bet s/he could tell you what's causing the pain, and what to do about it. I hope you're able to move forward with this issue soon, and find some relief - 7 years is a long time to suffer! Take care - PJH
Hi PJH, I hope you can help me as well, my left breast hurt so much as well normally before my period, it feels like a needle is poking me lower left breast and it's so painful. I ahd syrgery before and the doctor said it's just a cyctor fibroadenoma if i'm not mistaken. Is this dangerous? i"m planning to consult another doctor some time soon. I hope you can help me. Thank you so much in advance.
Cysts and fibroadenomas are not dangerous. Did your doctor do any kind of imaging testing like an ultrasound to confirm his diagnosis? Cyclical pain that goes away after your period starts suggests that your problem is hormonal in nature, which means that the problem is not likely to be breast cancer. If the pain is near your previous surgery, scar tissue could be causing the pain. From what you have said, there doesn't appear to be any reason to panic. When you see the second doctor, take a list of all your questions so that you can be sure to get them all answered while you are there. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a family member or friend along to help listen and ask follow-up questions. I hope the new doctor has some suggestions for how to manage this pain and its underlying causes.
hello! i am here just to ask another question.. i am a girl and my age is 21 and i have normal periods.. i am suffering from breast pain ever since when i first had my breast buds. this pain is because of a reason i guess.. i have started searching about it now and have come to know that little pain was normal during puberty.. see when i first got my breast buds at 10years, someone elder(around 35years, lady) and close to me suggested that whenever a girl first feels them, it should be pressed as hard as it can until milk comes out so that they would be healthily grown. now when i asked about it to my friends, they told me that it was bull-shit.. i am really very depressed and betrayed that she did this to me.. whenever i examine my breasts, they are painful, not all the time but whenever i press them(even lightly).. there are lumps which cause pain on pressing.. i have not gone to a doctor yet because mine is not a common problem... what would i tell him if he will ask what caused it? i am so dumb... but will definitely go after i get your suggestion...
waiting to hear from you soon....
please reply soon...
Hi Khushi - you're not dumb! And what you're experiencing is NOT uncommon in young women this age. I'd suspect you have a condition called fibrocystic change, which is quite common in young women your age. The advice you got long ago to press your breasts to make milk come out was indeed faulty, but I'm sure isn't the cause of your pain now. And it's nothing to be overly upset about; and certainly not "depressed and betrayed," so try to let go of those feelings, OK? All they do is make you feel worse.
I'd suggest you see a doctor about this, and ask what you can do about it. Some women find relief when they stop their caffeine intake (coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, etc.) Some women find they have a particularly painful cyst, which can be drained. So ask your doctor about fibrocystic change, and the possibility of an ultrasound to determine if you have a cyst. There are things you can do to address this pain, with the help of your doctor. Take care - I hope you get some relief soon. PJH
We're here for you, Khushi - stayin touch, OK? PJH
im twenty years old and expierencing breast pain for the past two days but its only my left boob it hurts when i exhale the most can u please tell me whats wrong i hope its nothing serious
Good for you for doing the research to try to find out what the problem is. No one can tell you over the internet exactly what is causing your breast pain, especially after only two days. As you read our article on breast pain, you will see that one of the main ways that doctors diagnose breast pain is by whether it is related to your menstrual cycle, so two days is not long enough to make that determination. The pain on exhalation suggests that the problem may not actually be in your breast, but might be a breathing issue. Sometimes where we feel pain is not where it actually starts. If you do not have a history of asthma or other breathing issues, it is probably safe to wait a couple of weeks to see if this gets better on its own. Most respiratory "bugs" will get better on their own in about 7-10 days. If the problem gets worse or if it lasts longer than a month, you definitely need to consult with a doctor. I hope you are soon feeling fine.
im not sure i am going thru the same thing right now.... i am 40 and had a hysterecomy when i was 32. my right breast is killing me all the time now for over three weeks. i dont know what to think! my mother had ovarian cancer and most of her family has had cancer of some type, and this scares the crap out of me!!!!! i am scheduled for a mamogram pretty soon. i have had this kind of problem before but it was hormonal changes but now i dont have to worry about that now.....right?????? please any advise will help me out thank you. and ms wendy hope all turns out good for you (08-till now) please let us all know
Angie, reading this article about breast pain will give you some ideas about what to ask the doctor. If you have had three weeks of pain, it is time to call the doctor. If your hysterectomy left an ovary or two, your body is still putting out hormones just as if you were having a period. Even if both your ovaries were removed, there are other hormones circulating in your body that can affect your breasts, so this could be a hormonal issue. Breast pain is not usually a breast cancer symptom unless it is also accompanied by redness, skin dimpling, and/or swelling. Sometimes there is a connection between ovarian and breast cancer, but other types of cancer wouldn't raise your breast cancer risk. I hope you soon get some relief from this pain.
Hi - Breast pain is seldom a sign of breast cancer, especially when it happens in both breasts, as you describe here. What you're feeling is probably hormonal; is it possible you're pregnant? Sore breasts are one of the first sings of pregnancy, and you can continue to have light periods for awhile, even when pregnant.
If you're not pregnant, and the pain is really bothering you, I'd suggest you see a doctor about it. You may have some painful cysts, or fibrocystic change, which is common in women your age. There are measures you can take to reduce the pain from both of these conditions, but they require advice from your doctor. Good luck - I hope you find some relief soon. PJH
Hi, I'm 39 (no children) and both of my breasts hurt me all the time, mostly on the sides, and a little in the front, exact same areas in both breasts at the same time. They seem to hurt more when I first wake up, or when I've been lying around for a while and not moving, and then I get up to do something. Yet, if I stay in constant motion and stay busy, little by little the pain gets better. It's like sore muscles that hurt, but then the more you "loosen them up", the better they feel. I know that sounds weird but that's just how it is for me. I have been on xanax for the last 6 months (VERY stressful summer and my doc prescribed them to me.) During all the stress I lost 30 lbs in 3 months, a lot of it was in my breasts (I've always been quite large-breasted, 38D) .. so I dropped down to a 36C and even noticed stretch marks on the sides from the loose skin. Now that I'm doing better and staying on the xanax at night, I've put 15 lbs. back on....and the first thing that gained weight was my breasts. Stretch marks are gone again too. I'm wondering if the weight fluctuations/breast size changes could have something to do with this pain? It's been going on for about 2 months now. Or maybe the xanax? I'm mostly worried about inflammatory breast cancer. My breasts look the same and the only time I saw red on one of them was when I kept feeling around for lumps. The redness went away after about 10 minutes. (I have very sensitive skin as well.) Thanks for any advice/info.
Marie, this doesn't sound at all like an IBC symptom. First of all, it wouldn't be happening in both breasts; and secondly, over the coure of 2 months it would have gotten noticeably worse. So, is the pain connected to your weight loss/gain, or perhaps the antidepressant? We're not doctors here, so unfortunately can't provide you with a diagnosis. But, since it sounds like it's bothering you, why not go ahead and see your doctor? I'm sure it would relieve your stress to find out what's causing these symptoms, and that wil require a doctor visit. In the meantime, have you tried cold compresses in the evening, plus an OTC painkiller? Good luck - I hope you feel better soon. PJH
Thank you so much! I've lost 10 lbs. again (stressful situation going on with my Grandpa's health) and now they don't seem to hurt as much. I'm thinking it has to be the weight fluctuations. Thanks again for the info.
Good for you, Marie! It's tough losing weight, I know. I'm glad the pain seems to be abating. Keep up the good work with the weight, and I hope you continue to feel better each day. And that you get some relief from your stress, somehow... PJH
Janie, please read our Teen Guide to Normal Breast Development to learn more about the changes you experience in puberty. There is a huge variation in breast size and when girls get their period. You are still in the normal range, even though it probably seems like everyone around you has already gotten her period. Sleeping in a bra once in a while shouldn't be a problem, but you don't want to do it all the time because your skin needs to breathe.
I am concerned that you are having so much pain. Some pain is normal as the hormones in your body change, but what you are describing sounds worse than usual. Let your mom or another adult know, so that she can set you up with a doctor's appointment for a check-up. I don't think the doctor will find any dangerous conditions, but a regular check-up at your age is a good idea anyway. Don't worry about this being cancer. Cancer wouldn't last so long or be in both breasts.
im kristina, my nipple has this ball thing under it and it really hurt when i touch it or when it touched something! please help im ony ten :(
Kristina, what you are feeling is almost certainly a breast bud. It's the sign that you are entering puberty and that your breasts are starting to grow. You can read more about what to expect as you go through puberty in our Teen Guide to Normal Breast Development. Since this ball is on only one side, it is also possible that you have an infection, so let your mom or another adult know about the problem. She can make the decision about whether you need to see a doctor. One thing you do not need to worry about is whether this ball is cancer. It's really good that you are paying attention to your body and doing some research to find out what might be happening. Keep in mind that what you read on this site applies mainly to grown women. Talking to your mom or a doctor should ease your concerns.
I am a 68 year old man, and when I touch my breasts I feel pain. Yet I can not feel any mass around them, so what could this be.
It could be hormonal; men's hormone levels change as they age just as women's do. With both breasts involved; you being a man, and pain not being a typical breast cancer symptom, I wouldn't think this would have anything to do with breast cancer. If the pain continues (or certainly if it worsens), best to see a doctor, OK? Best of luck to you - PJH
My breasts have been hurting too. I feeled around, but I don't think there's any lumps, only deep in the tissue there are, but I'm thinking that's relatively normal. I'm 14, but I'm incredibly worried, because I'm taking PE as a subject at school and it involves running; and when I run they hurt. The pain was just before my period and during it, but after they stopped. They only recently started hurting again and my period is due soon. I'm even more worried, though, because I've been feeling sick for a month and a week. I saw my doctor about it, but she said it was nothing to worry about. I have red spots that keep appearing around my neck, back, chest and occasionally breast area.
I'm too anxious to tell anyone about it, because it makes me feel uncomfortable. Is there anything I should be worrying about?
Helen, as far as the breast pain you describe - this sounds absolutely normal for a young woman your age. Your breasts are growing and changing, and they're going to hurt, off and on, as they grow. This will be especially evident right before and during your period. The lumps you feel are normal, too; they're probably "breast buds," which are growing tissue. Please read our guide to breast development for more information on what you're going through.
One thing you shouldn't worry about, at your age, is breast cancer. Our message to teens will help you put this particular worry aside, OK? At your age, your chance of having berast cancer is probably well under 1 in a million, so don't stress about it. As for feeling sick, and the spots on your skin - have you spoken with the school nurse? Sometimes she's the easiest adult to share your concerns with... Good luck, and I hope you feel better soon. PJH
I think you should go to the doctor, too - your dad is right. Any pain that's so bad it makes you cry needs to be diagnosed and treated. Pain isn't a usual breast cancer symptom; and at your age, breast cancer would be so rare as to be nearly impossible; please read our message to teens for more information on that. A lump could be anything from old scar tissue to a cyst to an infection. Also, since it's on your left side, this might possibly be a cardiac issue. So, bottom line - the sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you'll get some relief from your pain. Good luck - PJH
My Legs swell alot and feet hurt alot should I be concern!
Susan, this isn't a breast cancer issue, but I believe you should be concerned about this swelling; it could signal a circulation issue, or something serious. Please see your doctor about this. Take care- PJH