A constant pain in the breast or armpit can be a possible symptom of breast cancer but breast pain mostly happens due to the breast tissue reacting to normal changes in hormones. Jackie Harris, our Clinical Nurse Specialist, talks about what causes breast pain and how it can be managed. Many women call our Helpline very concerned that pain in their breast is due to breast cancer.
If you feel a lump in your breast, try not to panic or worry. Most lumps are not breast cancer, but something less serious, such as a benign not cancer breast condition. Some lumps will go away on their own.
Find out about breast cancer screening, how to check your breasts and more information about how breast cancer is identified. Remember that most breast changes are not cancer and are harmless. When your doctor examines your breasts she or he may be able to reassure you that there is nothing to worry about. If the change could be connected with your hormones, your doctor may ask you to come back at a different stage in your menstrual cycle.
If you have found a lump in one of your breasts, most women begin to worry about breast cancer. After all, a lump can, in rare cases, mean cancer. They feel smooth or rubbery and move about under the fingers.
Metrics details. Surveys indicate quite high prevalence of cancer worry in the general population, but little is known about what it is about cancer that worries people. A better understanding of the origins of cancer worry may help elucidate previously found inconsistencies in its behavioural effect on cancer prevention, screening uptake, and help-seeking for symptoms.
For breast cancer patients, worry about recurrence is understandable. Patients wonder, could the cancer come back? Will it spread throughout the body?
I went to the dr on Friday as I have a dull ache, sometimes it can be lighting pain and sometimes a growing pain. All in my armpit and sometimes going across into my breast. My breasts were itchy a couple of months ago it I thought nothing of it.
While the relation between age and FCR is well documented, the mechanisms that may explain this phenomenon remain to be investigated. This study examined four possible mechanisms of the relation between age and FCR: motherhood, severity of the cancer defined as cancer stage and chemotherapyanxiety, and illness intrusiveness. Multivariate analyses were performed with age category and motherhood as the independent variables and the CARS subscales as the dependent variables, controlling for age of children and relevant covariates.
If you or a close relative have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it is normal to worry about whether there is an increased risk in your family. As breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK it is not unusual to have someone in your family diagnosed with breast cancer. Other factors such as being of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, or having other rare cancers or genetic conditions in the family can also increase the risk. Find out more on our family history web pages.