Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

Are sharp pains in the breast and upper shoulder signs of breast cancer?

By Anonymous October 11, 2017 - 7:39pm
Rate This

Add a Comment1 Comments


Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

Many breast cancers are discovered through routine breast screening exams such as mammograms, even when a woman has no other signs of disease. However, on your own, you may notice symptoms that could be suspicious. See your doctor right away if you have any of these conditions:

a lump or thickness in or near the breast or under the arm

unexplained swelling or shrinkage of the breast, particularly on one side only

dimpling or puckering of the breast

nipple discharge (fluid) other than breast milk that occurs without squeezing the nipple

breast skin changes, such as redness, flaking, thickening, or pitting that looks like the skin of an orange

a nipple that becomes sunken (inverted), red, thick, or scaly
Generally, pain is not a sign of breast cancer.


October 12, 2017 - 7:47am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

Breast Cancer

Get Email Updates

Related Checklists

Breast Cancer Guide


Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!