Breast pain is common in a significant majority of women (at least 90%) and is the most common reason for breast-related doctor visits. The pain is described as diffuse or partial, sometimes in both breasts, sometimes in one breast, and it is often stated that it spreads to the armpit.
The most common cause of breast pain is breast changes related to the menstrual cycle.
During each menstrual cycle lasting 28 days, the levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones in the body constantly change. Right after the “ovulation” (ovulation), which coincides with the middle of the cycle (usually between the 12th and 14th days), estrogen and progesterone hormones begin to rise rapidly in the body. Under the influence of these hormones, The organelles of the mammary tissue that produce milk and the milk ducts that carry the milk secretion to the teat grow rapidly and multiply; The cells responsible for secreting milk also secrete a thin “training quality” fluid. The whole purpose is to prepare the necessary conditions for the feeding of the baby, which is likely to start with the fertilization of the egg. The changes that occur in this process lead to stretching of the breast tissue and therefore pain. If the egg is not fertilized, which is the sign of menstruation, the levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones decrease. Thus, the changes in the breast also return and breast pain ends. Since the fluid formed in the mammary glands is directed to the armpit lymph nodes through the lymph channels, the pain spreading to the armpit may last for a few more days.
Sometimes not all of the fluid formed in a menstrual cycle can be drained. This fluid residue causes breast pain to continue after menstruation. With the addition of fluid and other changes occurring in the next cycle, the tension and pain in the breast becomes more than in the previous cycle. The reason for this is usually the excess of estrogen and progesterone hormones formed in the ovaries, emotional stress or excessive consumption of certain drinks and foods (such as caffeine, tea and chocolate..). Birth control pills, some asthma, stomach, hypertension and heart medications can also cause breast tension by remaining fluid in the breast.
Another cause of breast pain is neck or shoulder diseases (usually degenerative arthritis, colloquially known as “calcification”).
Is breast pain a sign of cancer?
No. Breast pain in breast cancer is almost always seen in metastases of the breast, especially in the bone, spine and pleura, and in ulcers formed by overflowing the skin. These conditions are always associated with advanced breast cancer.
Breast pain is not a symptom of breast cancer…! In other words, early-stage breast cancer is not painful.
The only way to protect life expectancy and quality of life in breast cancer is to be diagnosed at an early stage…!
Diagnosis in the early stage depends on you first..!
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