Many things can cause pain or tenderness in your breasts, including:
- Hormone changes during your period (the most common cause of breast pain).
- Water retention, which may happen during your period.
- Injury to your breast.
- Breastfeeding (nursing).
How does it look and feel? Rubbery and painless, although may sometimes feel tender.
Likely cause? A fibroadenoma or ‘breast mouse’, which is the result of excess growth of glands and connective tissue. Fibroadenomas are most common in younger women (in their 20s and 30s) but can occur at any age.
How is it treated? Fibroadenomas don’t increase the risk of breast cancer but any kind of lump should be seen by your doctor, who will refer you to a breast clinic for investigations.
Breast Cancer Screening & Management
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer (after cervical cancer) in India with an estimated 115, 251 new diagnoses and the second most common cause of cancer-related death. One in every 22 women is likely to suffer from breast cancer. In India, almost 80% patient is in advanced stages when they come to hospitals. Social taboos regarding breast cancer prevent women from talking to friends and families.