July 21, 2020
Breast pain can be caused by a variety of factors, some are very simple that are not a matter of concern and others are more complex that require specialized medical attention as soon as possible.
On this subject, Dr. Mauricio León Rivera, Surgical Oncologist of our clinic, explained that this symptom is almost always associated with the menstrual cycle of women, called “mastodynia”, which usually starts two weeks before the period and disappears when it ends.
In contrast, non-cycle-dependent pain called “mastalgia” may be caused by changes in the mammary glands that can cause cysts to develop into tumors after an impact or after surgery. This clinical condition appears frequently at menopause.
The specialist recommended that women who feel persistent pain for more than two weeks should go to the Mastologist for a physical evaluation and determine the source of the discomfort. Also, women should perform monthly breast self-examinations 10 days after their menstrual period starts, a breast ultrasound at or after age 30, and an annual mammogram at or after age 40.
It should be noted that medical check-ups are important because they will detect any abnormality and provide the best treatment option promptly.
Dr. Mauricio León
Surgical Oncologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma