Our Stance on Breast Pain
Breast Pain Update - Read more here
You may have seen we’ve been talking about breast pain quite a lot recently. That’s because there have been some changes to the way breast pain is being talked about in the healthcare world such as the NHS, and by other cancer charities.
The NHS currently says that breast pain alone is not usually a symptom of breast cancer. Other organisations may say that on its own, it’s very rarely a sign of breast cancer.
We reached out to our community of volunteers and healthcare professional supporters, and our current position takes into consideration their views and experiences.
There is currently limited research available on breast pain as a symptom in people under the age of 40 and as the only breast cancer charity solely for young people, we want to make sure we talk about this in the right way for you, our audience.
With this in mind, you will continue to see CoppaFeel! mention breast pain as a symptom to be aware of.
If you notice anything unusual at all, please make an appointment with your GP.
Being breast/chest aware and knowing your body could save your life.
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A note on terms:
Everyone has breast tissue and people of all genders can get breast cancer. To be clear and consistent, we use the word ‘breasts’ in our health information, rather than boobs, pecs or chest. When we say breasts, we mean the tissue from your rib cage up to your collarbone and armpits, including your nipples.
Breast pain (mastalgia) is very common. There are lots of reasons why you might have breast pain, but on its own it is very rarely a sign of breast cancer.
There are two types of breast pain:
When To See Your GP
Book an appointment with your GP if:
- The pain is not improving or painkillers are not helping.
- You have a very high temperature or feel hot and shivery.
- Any part of your breast is red, hot or swollen or you are experiencing any other breast cancer symptoms.
- Your breast pain is in one specific spot only.
- There’s a history of breast cancer in your family.
Understanding Breast Pain
The information in this video was produced in a collaboration between GPs and hospital breast clinicians and uses the term ‘women’ throughout.
We all have breast tissue and we encourage everyone to learn more about breast pain.
This video covers:
- Ways to describe breast pain: 0:19
- Why do we have breast pain? 0:46
- Causes of breast pain: 1:35
- What should I do if I have breast pain? 2:23
- In Summary.. 3:57
Understanding Breast Pain
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This information was published in April 2021. It will be revised in April 2024.