Posted by: | 2017/08/15


Loss of density in my breast.

hi i am 61 year old female. I started to experience sharp pains in my breast closer to my arm. I have also noticed a loss of density in my breast. is this symptoms of cancer? I have noticed a loss in density of my breast and a sharp pain. is this a symptom of cancer. I am 61 year old female

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2017/08/17

Dear Anonymous – thank you for contacting Health24. It has been known for a long time that having dense breasts could increase one’s risk for breast cancer. In your case you state that you have noticed a loss of ‘density’ in your breast (you do not state whether it is only one breast or both breasts). You also do not mention whether this loss of ‘density’ has been observed on a mammogram or whether you are talking about feeling that your breast is not as firm as previously. One must also remember that pain is never 'normal'. The risk for breast cancer increases with age - most breast cancers are diagnosed after age 50. Genetic mutations. Mutations to certain genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 also increases the risk for breast cancer. Women who have inherited these genetic changes are at higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. I would like to suggest that you consult your health care provider for a clinical breast examination and, if necessary, to refer you for a mammogram to ensure that you are not a candidate for breast cancer. (MCH).


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