My breasts hurt. Should I be worried? If you have breast pain, you are not alone.
Noncyclic breast pain. The pain may come from the breast. Or it may come from somewhere else, such as nearby muscles or joints, and may be felt in the breast.
Some women may experience a sharp pain under their right breast that comes and goes. Others may experience it every time they take a breath. Sometimes this pain radiates into the back, armpit, or up to the breastbone.
Breast pain may occur in one or both breasts or in the underarm axilla region of the body. Though breast pain is not normally associated with breast cancer, women who experience any breast abnormalities, including breast pain, should consult their physicians. Cyclical breast pain is related to how the breast tissue responds to monthly changes in a woman's estrogen and progesterone hormone levels.
Breast soreness is very common. It affects most women at some time in their lives. The degree of soreness, and where and how it is felt, differs for each woman.
Breast pain mastalgia — a common complaint among women — can include breast tenderness, sharp burning pain or tightness in your breast tissue. The pain may be constant or it may occur only occasionally. Postmenopausal women sometimes have breast pain, but breast pain is more common in younger women who haven't completed menopause.
Back to Health A to Z. There are many reasons breasts can be painful. Breast pain by itself is unlikely to be a symptom of cancer. They can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one.
Women of all ages report having breast pain, also known as mastalgia. Pain can occur both before and after the menopause. However, breast pain is most common during the reproductive years.