How to tackle mastalgia

Mastalgia is estimated to affect more than 70% of women at some stage in their lifetime.

It is the most common breast symptom reported in general practice and may be accompanied by breast tenderness, lumps, heaviness or changes in breast size.

In some women, the pain is severe enough to affect quality of life  — specifically, sleep quality, and sexual, physical and social activities. It tends to be more common in women aged between 30 and 50, but usually disappears after menopause.


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