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What causes breast pain, breast swelling and tenderness breast? 7 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.



Bleeding or spotting, increased need to urinate, tender breasts, fatigue, nausea, and missed period are signs of pregnancy.

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PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

PMS symptoms start five to 11 days before menstruation and typically go away once menstruation begins. The cause of PMS is unknown.

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Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Fibrocystic breast disease, commonly called fibrocystic breasts or fibrocystic change, is a benign condition in which a woman has painful lumps in her breasts.

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Breast Cancer Overview

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women (after skin cancer), and can affect a number of different parts of the breasts.

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Mastitis is an infection of the ducts of the breast. It usually only occurs in women who are breastfeeding their babies.

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Teenage Pregnancy

Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy in a woman 19 years of age or younger. A woman can get pregnant if she has vaginal sex with a man at any age after she has started having regular monthly periods. Some signs of pregnanc...

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Intraductal Papilloma

Finding a lump in your breast or hearing the doctor tell you there is a tumor in your breast can be scary and unsettling. Breast tumors are not always indicative of cancer; there are benign breast conditions that ca...

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