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If you feel an unusual pain in your breast, you might assume the worst. Breast cancer can affect men and women of all ages and backgrounds. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 200,000 new cases are reported in the U.S. every year. Symptoms may include a lump in the breast, discharge or blood from the nipple, or breast pain. Any change in the shape or texture of the nipple or breast might also be a sign. However, there are many reasons for chest or breast pain unrelated to cancer.

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1. Body Lotion

An allergic reaction to ingredients in some topical products can cause pain. Instead of hydrating, body lotion might irritate. Applying body lotion on the chest can lead to itching, redness, and tenderness. Makeup, hair products, and other cosmetics can also trigger an allergic skin reaction. Pain after using lotion should prompt the user to stop using it immediately. If the symptoms do not go away, a visit to a doctor is advisable.

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