Breast Pain in Women | Diagnosis & Tests

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How can my doctor find the cause of my breast pain?

Your doctor will ask you questions to find the cause of your pain and decide if you need treatment. He or she may ask you to describe the pain and where in your breast area you feel it. Your doctor will also check to see if you have lumps in your breasts.

If you're younger than 35 years of age and don't have a breast lump, your doctor might decide that you don't need any tests. If you're older than 35 years of age and don't have a breast lump, your doctor may still want you to get a mammogram. A mammogram is a special X-ray of the breasts.

If you do have a lump (or several lumps) in your breast, your doctor might decide that you need one or more of these tests:

  • A mammogram
  • A breast sonogram. This painless test uses sound waves to make a picture of the lump.
  • A breast biopsy. For this test, some tissue is taken out of your breast and looked at under a microscope.

Source

The Evaluation of Common Breast Problems by M Morrow, M.D. (American Family Physician April 15, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000415/2371.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00

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