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What are the different types of breast pain?

There are two types of breast pain:
  • Cyclical breast pain is the most common type of breast pain and usually occurs before a woman's period. It may be related to hormone changes during the menstrual cycle. It is described as a dull, heavy, or aching pain that may extend into the underarm. The breast may feel tender, sore, and swollen.
  • Noncyclical breast pain is usually described as burning, aching, or sore pain. This type of breast pain most often occurs in only one breast and tends to be in one specific area (localized). Less commonly, the pain may occur in both breasts and extend into the underarm area.

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