HCPLive Network

One-Third of Female Marathon Runners Report Breast Pain

FRIDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) -- Approximately one-third of female marathon runners report mastalgia, according to a study published online April 19 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Nicola Brown, PhD, from St. Mary's University College, in London, and colleagues conducted a four-part, 30-question survey of 1,285 female marathon runners at the 2012 London Marathon Registration.

The researchers found that 32 percent of participants experienced mastalgia, which was significantly related to cup size. Mastalgia was greater during vigorous compared with moderate physical activity. Mastalgia affected exercise behavior in 17 percent of symptomatic participants. Pain medication and firm breast support were reported to be used to overcome mastalgia. No measures to relieve "discomforting" symptoms were taken by 44 percent of participants.

"This study identified that exercise was the most prevalent factor in mastalgia occurrence which may have implications for its management," the authors write.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Further Reading
Proton pump inhibitors may disrupt the microbiome of the digestive system, leading to infections and other complications, according to a small new study published online Nov. 25 in Microbiome.
Dutch researchers have developed a device that may reduce the discomfort many women feel during a mammogram, while preserving the quality of the image.
Dronabinol, commonly used as a nausea treatment, could be effective treatment for non-cardiac chest pain patients.
More Reading