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Should I Be Concerned About Sore Nipples and Breasts? | Ask the Expert
Any persistent breast pain should be evaluated by your healthcare provider. <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/breast/breast_cancer_faq.page">Breast cancer</a>, which of course is our biggest concern, usually is not painful, but it can be, so your symptoms need to be evaluated. Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer. Common benign or normal causes of <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/medicallibrary/MedLibrary.page?medlib=1&section=healthinfo&page=article&sgml_id=tm6412spec">breast pain</a> are hormonal fluctuations, caffeine stimulation, and breast cysts. Sensitivity in the nipples can be caused by skin related conditions like eczema or a dermatitis in response to new products that you are using. It is always best to be safe than sorry and make sure that your exam is normal. <strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/breast/breast_health_information.page">Breast Health 101 <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/breast/breast_cancer_risk.page">Breast Cancer Risk</a> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/breast/breast_cancer.page">Breast cancer articles, videos, and other resources</a>
Breast Health,

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I’m getting ready to have my 53rd birthday, and for the last two weeks my breast (especially my nipples) has been very sore and tender. There has never been any breast cancer diagnosed in my family. Should I be concerned?

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Allison Bunch, FNP-BCAllison Bunch, FNP-BCNurse PractitionerCalifornia Pacific Medical Center
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Allison Bunch, FNP-BCNurse PractitionerCalifornia Pacific Medical Center

Allison is a certified family nurse practitioner and has been on staff at California Pacific’s California Campus Breast Health Center since 2008. She received her Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner from the Univ. of San Francisco. Allison has a special interest in high-risk breast cancer patients, including those with BRCA mutations and prior breast cancer.

Any persistent breast pain should be evaluated by your healthcare provider.

Breast cancer, which of course is our biggest concern, usually is not painful, but it can be, so your symptoms need to be evaluated.

Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer. Common benign or normal causes of breast pain are hormonal fluctuations, caffeine stimulation, and breast cysts.

Sensitivity in the nipples can be caused by skin related conditions like eczema or a dermatitis in response to new products that you are using.

It is always best to be safe than sorry and make sure that your exam is normal.

Read more:
Breast Health 101
Breast Cancer Risk
Breast cancer articles, videos, and other resources

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