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Epidemiology and Demographics

  • Most common breast symptom leading to office visit
  • More common in premenopausal women
  • Rarely a presenting symptom of cancer
    • Study of women with known breast cancer: 7% presented with mastalgia alone.
    • Women referred for mammogram because of mastalgia:
      • 0.4% had breast cancer (same as controls)
      • 87% had normal mammogram
      • 9% had benign abnormalities

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