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Breast cancer screening
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Women of all ages report having breast pain, also known as mastalgia. Pain can occur both before and after the menopause. However, breast pain is most common during the reproductive years. Nearly 70 percent of women report breast pain at some point during their lives, but only around 15 percent need medical treatment. The severity and location of breast pain can vary. Pain can occur in both breasts, one breast, or in the underarm. Severity can range from mild to severe and is typically described as tenderness, sharp burning, or tightening of the breast tissue. Hormonal changes due to events such as menstruation, pregnancy, lactation, and menopause can also have an effect on the type of breast pain experienced.
This calculator estimates bra size based on bust size and band size frame size. The bust size is the loose circumference measured around the chest over the fullest part of the breasts, while standing straight with arms to the side, and wearing a properly fitted bra. The band or frame size is the firm circumference , fitted not tightly, measured directly underneath the breasts. While data collection methods between various sources is not consistent and these percentages may be inflated, incorrectly fitted bras are nonetheless a significant issue, evidenced by the number of studies, articles, and complaints surrounding the issues women face due to a lack of size standardization. Studies have revealed that the most common mistake made by women when selecting a bra was to choose too large a back band and too small a cup. Part of the issue is lack of standardization regarding band and cup sizes. These vary largely between countries, and even manufacturers, making it difficult to use these measures as anything more than an approximate fit.