I'm having horrible sharp pain in my right breast. I'm especially worried because in three generations of my father's family, there've been six cases of breast cancer, two of them fatal. I have a doctor's appointment next week
With a family history of breast cancer, it's good to be cautious. That said, a family history of breast cancer only elevates your risk significantly if your mom, a sister, or a daughter had breast cancer; and it sounds like that's not the case here.
Breast pain – even severe breast pain – isn't typically a sign of cancer. While the occasional woman with breast pain does end up being diagnosed with breast cancer, pain more commonly comes from a different source. You might have a cyst that's suddenly grown larger, and is pressing on a nerve. The same nerve pressure might happen from scar tissue, the result of an old injury. Even the hormonal swings typical of fibrocystic change can sometimes result in fairly severe pain – especially just prior to your period. Hopefully your doctor will be able to administer the tests that rule out (or identify) these potential causes.
If your GP is unable to help, don't give up. Sometimes family-practice doctors simply don't have enough experience with breast issues to reach a solid conclusion. If this is the case, ask for a referral to a breast specialist for a second opinion. There's no need for you to continue experiencing severe pain; it may be up to you, however, to push for resolution.
jenny i been having so random pain on the top of my right breast and i am so scared!! it just came out of no where and now i get it at the randomest times i try to take deep breath but it doesnt help it kinda just makes it worst not only do i get pain on my boob but i also get alot of eart pain and it aches!!! please i need ome advice!
This doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom, but it does sound painful! My advice is, go to a doctor and have it checcked out - no sense suffering and wondering when the simple action of seeing a doctor can get your problem solved. Good luck - PJH
I have been having shooting pain in my right nipple area and Im not sure what it can be? I had just visited my Gyno recently and she did not feel any lumps in my breast, but I ocasionally get a sharp pain in my right breast behind nipple area, can this be cancer??
Jenn, your use of the word "occasional" suggests that this is not a problem you need worry about. Breasts change over the course of a menstrual cycle and can be more tender at certain times of the month. This article on breast pain can help you assess your pain and decide if you need to go back to the doctor for further diagnosis. Most breast cancer is not painful, and in those rare instances when pain is a breast cancer symptom it is more constant than what you are describing.