It is very unusual for breast cancer to present as breast pain – most women who have beast pain don’t have breast cancer and most women with breast cancer don’t have breast pain.
So, what can cause breast pain?
Cyclic Breast Pain:
Related to menstrual changes; both breasts; dull, achy, heavy. Can also be related to hormonal medicines, transition to menopause and pregnancy
Noncyclic Breast Pain:
Not related to period, burning/stabbing in one area, can be associated with an underlying benign mass
As you are scheduling your appointment to discuss your issues, we recommend trying the following to alleviate your symptoms of mild to moderate pain:
- Supportive bra
- Warm compress
- Reduce caffeine, stress, tobacco/nicotine
- Vitamin E (600IU/day – trial for 4-6 months)
- Evening Primrose Oil (300mg/day – trial for 3 months)
- Flaxseed (25g/day – trial for 1-2 months)
- Voltaren Gel
Severe pain that does not respond to above treatment needs to be addressed by Dr. Schwartz’s office and may require further assessment.