Breast pain on its own rarely indicates breast cancer, but it best to have it checked out by a specialist such as Dr van Schalkwyk.

Breast pain, otherwise known as mastalgia, is common for women of all ages and can include tenderness, sharp burning pain or tightness in your breast tissue.

Signs and symptoms of breast pain:

  • A dull, heavy or aching pain in the breast
  • A sharp, tight or burning pain in the breast
  • Breast pain that may radiate to the underarm
  • Breast swelling
  • Lumpiness in the breast
  • Pain that is consistent or intermittent
There are different types of breast pain, and depending on the type there are various causes. Breast pain experienced as part of your menstrual cycle, in the days leading up to your period, is known as cyclical breast pain. Breast pain unrelated to your period is known as non-cyclical breast pain. After discussing these symptoms with Dr van Schalkwyk, she may be able to diagnose you with either cyclical or non-cyclical breast pain. A breast exam, screening, mammogram and an ultrasound scan may also be done.
Treatment of cyclical and non-cyclical breast pain are often the same, though non-cyclical pain is more complex. Treatment is highly personalised as each woman is unique – Dr van Schalkwyk will find the treatment option that best suits you. While having breast pain doesn’t increase your risk of breast cancer, it is essential that you are always breast aware and see your doctor if you notice any changes in your breasts.