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How Healthy Are Your Breasts?

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Assess your risk for breast cancer and get straight answers to your biggest questions.

Why Your Breasts Hurt

What woman doesn't obsess about her breasts? They're too big, too small, they ache, they're lopsided. Then there's the fear that lingers in every woman's mind: Am I at risk for breast cancer? Last year, 269,730 women in the United States were diagnosed with the disease, and the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 274,900 new cases this year. Sobering numbers, but there is plenty you can do to reduce your risk. Educating yourself on everything from why your breasts hurt to the best bra for you is crucial. So, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, FITNESS brings you this special guide. Keep reading for the latest from top experts.

Why Your Breasts Hurt

You feel a sudden sharp pain or a dull ache and immediately assume the worst. Relax -- less than 10 percent of all breast pain is due to cancer, says Susan Love, MD, director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and author of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book. (An important exception: If the skin on or near your breasts is red and you're experiencing pain, see your doctor right away. These could be signs of inflammatory breast cancer, a rare, advanced form that is more likely to strike young women but accounts for less than 4 percent of all cases.) Here's how to identify and treat the five most common causes of breast pain.

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movements2 wrote:

Very informative. im loving it

10/30/2013 11:05:25 AM Report Abuse
pamelahoward9 wrote:

What about post-menopausal breast pain?

10/5/2011 02:10:51 PM Report Abuse
tabkitune wrote:

fantastic and very educative. i like it

10/4/2011 12:38:30 AM Report Abuse
sharon cusick wrote:

Fantastic!! Very informative. Answers every question a women would have. I know I am not alone.

10/3/2011 02:08:37 PM Report Abuse

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