How Healthy Are Your Breasts?
Pages in this Story:
- Why Your Breasts Hurt
- Culprit #1: You're about to get your period.
- Culprit #2: You've got fibrocystic breasts.
- Culprit #3: Your diet.
- Culprit #4: You're overdoing it at the gym.
- Culprit #5: Your meds.
- New Reasons to Get a Mammogram
- What to Do If You Find a Lump in Your Breast
- 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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