Dr. Harness Answers the Question

In this clip, Jay Harness, MD, FACS explains breast and pain and how its related to breast cancer.

Almost on a daily basis I see patients with breast pain. Patients are quite fearful that their pain is a symptom of breast cancer. So my number one job is to try and reassure patients that their pain is not in fact from breast cancer.

Can you have pain and breast cancer going together? The answer is 'yes'. Is pain a common symptom of breast cancer? The answer is 'no, it is not'. Most breast cancer pain is from fibrocystic changes of the breast.

Another interesting cause of breast pain is inflammation of the cartilage, where the ribs come together with the breast bone here, with the sternum, and that's called 'costochondritis'.

Also, pain of the breast can be associated if a woman was working out too much and has got really, really sore muscles. Pain can be associated with trauma to the breast. So yes, we need to understand what pain is all about. If you've got fibrocystic changes of the breast, the pain is typically cyclic, meaning the last week or so of the menstrual cycle when the breast is really being stimulated, the pain is usually more intense and then lessens after your period.

So here's the bottom line. Remember that pain is not a typical symptom of breast cancer, but go ahead and it's important to understand and to be reassured what the issues are that are causing your breast pain.

This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk.  If you have any concerns about your health, please consult with a physician.


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\f0\fs24 \cf0 >>> DR. JAY K. HARNESS: \f1 Almost on a daily basis I see patients
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with breast pain. Patients are quite fearful that their pain is a symptom of breast cancer.
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So my number one job is to try and reassure patients that their pain is not in fact from
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breast cancer. \ \pard\tx2367\pardeftab720\ri720\qj
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\cf0 \ Can you have pain and breast cancer going
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together? The answer is \'91yes\'92. Is pain a common symptom of breast cancer? The answer
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is \'91no, it is not\'92. Most breast cancer pain is from fibrocystic changes of the breast.\
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\ Another interesting cause of breast pain is
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inflammation of the cartilage, where the ribs come together with the breast bone here, with
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the sternum, and that\'92s called \'91costochondritis\'92. \
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\ Also, pain of the breast can be associated
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if a woman was working out too much and has got really, really sore muscles. Pain can
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be associated with trauma to the breast. So yes, we need to understand what pain is all
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about. If you\'92ve got fibrocystic changes of the breast, the pain is typically cyclic,
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meaning the last week or so of the menstrual cycle when the breast is really being stimulated,
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the pain is usually more intense and then lessens after your period. \
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\ So here\'92s the bottom line. Remember that
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pain is not a typical symptom of breast cancer, but go ahead and it\'92s important to understand
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and to be reassured what the issues are that are causing your breast pain. \
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\ Hi, I am Dr. Jay Harness and I want to share
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with you important information that I believe that every newly diagnosed patient with breast
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cancer needs to know. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor. \ \
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I am a breast cancer survivor and I want every woman to know about personal life, breast
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cancer treatment and the genomic test \'96 a test that helps guide a woman and her doctor
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to the best treatment options for her. \ \
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This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personalized medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk. If you have any concerns about your health, please consult a physician, or contact us for an appointment.