Breast Pain

Experiencing pain in your breasts

Many women experience pain in their breast and most often breast pain is not a sign of breast cancer.

Breast pain refers to any discomfort, pain or tenderness in the breast or underarm region and may occur for many reasons.


Common causes include:

  • Hormone level changes
  • Menstruation or Menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • Fibrocystic breast changes
  • Medications
  • Shingles
  • Caffeine intake
  • Breast Infection – A breast infection is usually caused by common bacteria found on normal skin. Breast infections cause breast pain, swelling, redness, lumps and fever.


Call your health care provider if you have:

  • Bloody or clear discharge from your nipple
  • Given birth within the last week and your breasts are swollen or hard, particularly if this is asymmetric
  • Noticed a new lump with the pain that does not go away after your menstrual period
  • Persistent, unexplained breast pain
  • Signs of a breast infection, including pain, local redness, nipple discharge or fever

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding breast pain, breast infection or wish to make an appointment to see one of Hoag’s breast care specialists, please call us at 949-764-5780.


Continuum of awareness

Whether it is time for your annual breast screening or you have an area of concern, it is extremely valuable for you to be proactive in your breast health.

Hoag’s comprehensive breast program offers the most advanced screening technologies, along with a compassionate and specialized breast care team.

With a multidisciplinary approach that includes awareness, prevention, early detection, use of promising therapies, and extensive complementary support programs, our team at Hoag is here to help you with your specific breast health needs. Schedule your mammogram today.