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Keeping up with your breast health is an important part of your annual care routine. The specialists at the Women's Health Group can help.

Many women experience problems with their breast health. It is important to get checked regularly to ensure that no problems are developing. We work with women who are experiencing discomfort, are breastfeeding, or who simply have concerns. We also offer mammography and BRCA testing.

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Breast Discomfort

Breast Discomfort in Denver

Breast pain can take many different forms. It can range from mild to severe and may include sensations such as burning, throbbing, stabbing, or tenderness. The pain may be constant or intermittent, occurring cyclically with menstrual cycles or intermittently. When you’re concerned about breast discomfort, we’re here to offer support.

At the Women’s Health Group, we provide assessments for all types of breast discomfort, from pain and tenderness to visible changes that concern you. Our comprehensive testing can offer peace of mind and clarity about your health.

Causes of Breast Discomfort

Breast pain, also known as mastalgia, can have many causes. It is important to note that breast pain alone is usually not a sign of breast cancer. However, if you are experiencing any unusual changes or if you have concerns, always consult your doctor.

Some common causes of breast pain include:

Hormonal changes
Fibrocystic breast changes
Trauma or injury to the chest
Certain medications

When to See a Doctor for Breast Discomfort

Breast pain and discomfort are common and usually don’t indicate a more serious condition. However, it is important to get any new pain or symptoms evaluated, especially if they persist. Symptoms of breast cancer will vary from person to person. Here are some possible signs:

  • A lump in your breast
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Pain in your breasts
  • Your breasts feel heavy
  • The skin of your breasts swells, thickens, or becomes red
  • Changes in your nipple
  • Nipple discharge or nipple discharge with blood in it
  • Peeling, scaling, or flaking on your breasts
  • Your nipple turns inward

Evaluation of Breast Discomfort

If you’re experiencing breast discomfort, we encourage you to come in for a comprehensive evaluation. We will begin with a physical examination and discuss any questions you have about breast self-examinations.

When we feel that your symptoms warrant further investigation, we have many diagnostic tests and treatment options. Mammograms are one of the most useful tools for evaluating the health of your breasts and detecting early signs of breast cancer. We recommend regular screenings once you reach the age of 40.

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Though breast discomfort can be normal, it’s important to discuss symptoms with your doctor. Reach out to schedule an appointment at a location nearest to you and share your concerns with our experienced physicians.
What types of breast pain are commonly experienced?
Breast pain can manifest in many different ways. It can range from mild tenderness and achiness to sharp, stabbing, or even burning pain. Many people will come to expect certain types of breast pain that recur during their menstrual cycle. Any new or unexplained breast pain should be evaluated by a doctor.
What causes breast pain?

Breast pain is common and can have various causes. These include:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Benign, fibrocystic breast changes
  • Trauma or injury
  • Certain medications, such as oral contraceptives
  • Pain following radiation or breast surgery
  • Infection or inflammation
Is breast pain a sign of cancer?

In most cases, breast pain is not a sign of breast cancer. However, it's important to note that breast cancer can cause breast pain, although it is typically not the first symptom. If you are experiencing breast pain and have any other symptoms, such as a lump, discharge, or changes in the appearance of your breast, you should see a doctor.

It is always important to be aware of your own body, and to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about breast pain or other symptoms. Regular breast self-exams and mammograms can help detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable.

How can I relieve breast pain?

Here are some things you can do to help relieve breast pain:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce breast pain.
  • Supportive bras: Wearing a well-fitting, supportive bra can help reduce breast pain. Avoiding tight or ill-fitting bras can also be helpful.
  • Heat therapy: Applying a warm compress or taking a warm shower can help alleviate breast pain.
  • Relaxation techniques: Stress can aggravate breast pain, so practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga may help.
  • Lifestyle changes: Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and limiting alcohol and caffeine intake can help reduce breast pain.
  • Exercises: Gentle exercises can help improve circulation and reduce breast pain.
  • Hormone therapy: If your breast pain is caused by hormonal changes, your doctor may recommend hormone therapy to alleviate the pain.
  • Vitamin and herbal supplements: certain supplements like evening primrose oil, bromelain, turmeric, and ginger may help to reduce breast pain.
When should I see a doctor for breast pain?
You should see a doctor when you notice any new or unusual symptoms.