Breast pain is the commonest symptom for a patient being referred into clinic, and thankfully is rarely a sign of breast cancer. It is increasingly common in patients as they near the time of menopause although breast pain can occur at any age. Common causes include:

  • Changes in hormone levels around the time of menopause
  • Shoulder or neck injury
  • Chest wall inflammation
  • Medication – oral contraceptive pill / contraceptive implant / HRT
  • Mastitis or breast infection / abscess
  • Pregnancy

It is common to arrange a test such as a mammogram for patients who attend because of concerns about pain, or occasionally an ultrasound scan. Many patients can be reassured with breast pain, and we can discuss means of reducing and improving your symptoms after your assessment.

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