Breast Care pp 152-165 | Cite as


  • Audrey J. Arona


Mastalgia is the most commonly cited complaint of patients with breast problems. Studies have shown the prevalence in working women to be approximately 66% (Table 15.1). Nonetheless, mastalgia is still considered by many physicians to be a trivial complaint and one that is psychological in nature. It is important to know that what brings these patients to us is an underlying fear of breast cancer. Fortunately, only a few patients with breast pain reauire more than reassurance.


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    Hughes LE, Mansel RE, Webster DJT. Breast pain and nodularity. In: Benign Disorders and Diseases of the Breast: Concepts and Clinical Management. London, Baillière, 1989Google Scholar

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