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Alice Police, MD

Alice Police, MD (Breast Surgery)

Breast Surgeon of 30 years experience. Recent Chief of breast surgery at UCIrvine Medical Center, Northwell Health in New York State, Chief of breast surgery at Monument Health in Rapid City South Dakota. Breast Cancer Researcher in conjunction with multiple studies through Notre Dame department of electrical engineering. CMO of Nearwave, a start up breast cancer device company.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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  • It hurts when I press on my breast

  • Breast tenderness on palpation

  • Breasts hurt when pressed

  • Tender breast/breasts

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About the Symptom

This describes a painful sensation when pressing on the breast that can occur when a patient touches herself or when a physician or other person touches her breasts. Breast tenderness is usually caused by fluctuations in hormone levels. Breast tenderness that occurs with a menstrual period and then goes away is not worrisome and does not require a physician evaluation. Breast tenderness that persists and does not go away after a few weeks should be evaluated by a physician.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Pain when pressing the breast

Possible Causes

Generally, Breast tenderness can be related to:

  • Mastitis

    Inflammation of the breast, caused by bacteria entering the milk ducts or by a duct becoming blocked. Good breastfeeding technique and avoiding pressure on the breast can help prevent it.

  • Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is a malignancy that arises in the breasts of men or women. It can arise from ducts or lobules. Patients either find a lump or have an abnormal mammogram. Risk factors include being female, having breasts, have a genetic predisposition (eg a gene you inherit from a parent), family history of breast or ovarian cancer, getting older, personal history of breast biopsies, dense breasts on mammography, or ovarian cancer, alcohol, and obesity. Protective factors include pregnancy, especially at a younger age, weight maintenance especially after menopause, and exercise.

  • Mastopathy

    A condition where a painful lump forms in the breast due to imbalances in female hormone levels, causing symptoms to occur before and during menstruation.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Does pressing on your breast cause pain?

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  • Breast Pain Information - Mt Sinai New York

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Reviewed By:

Alice Police, MD

Alice Police, MD (Breast Surgery)

Breast Surgeon of 30 years experience. Recent Chief of breast surgery at UCIrvine Medical Center, Northwell Health in New York State, Chief of breast surgery at Monument Health in Rapid City South Dakota. Breast Cancer Researcher in conjunction with multiple studies through Notre Dame department of electrical engineering. CMO of Nearwave, a start up breast cancer device company.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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