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Wednesday, September 09, 2009 ddflash, Community Member, asks

Q: Could faint pain near breast and armpit be a symptom of cancer?

i'm 26 years old and have a weird stinging pain at the vertex of my breast and arm-pit, It very faint but sore and when I press it, it kind of stings. Could this be a sign of breast cancer? I had shingle about 6 inches above the sore spot but it was five years ago.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/ 9/09 6:26pm

Hi - This is probably not a breast cancer symptom; pain isn't usually a sign of breast cancer. And at your age, your risk of breast cancer is very small. If you feel a lump, or the pain worsens considerably, or your breast seems infected (hot, red, swollen, itchy), then definitely see a doctor. In the meantime, please read our post on breast pain; it'll give you some guidance as to whether/when to see a doctor about your current symptoms. Good luck - PJH

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By ddflash, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/19/10, First Published: 09/09/09