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Breast Health

What to do if you find a lump

Finding a breast lump is frightening. Try to remember that many breast lumps are not cancerous and it is important to see your doctor for follow up.

If you do find a breast lump, call your doctor to schedule an appointment for an initial examination. For diagnostic appointments, you do need your doctor's referral. Still, please feel free to contact us with any initial questions or concerns.

It's also helpful to ask yourself the following questions and have this information ready to share with your doctor:

  • What was the date of your last period?
  • When did you discover the lump?
  • Where is the lump?
  • Have you had any breast problems before?
  • Have you had a previous breast biopsy or other breast surgery?
  • Is there a history of breast problems in your family?
  • Has the lump grown larger or smaller since you first found it?
  • Do you have any nipple discharge?
  • Are you taking any medications?

Thinking about these questions and having the information at hand will help your discussions with your doctor. Also, because some benign (non-cancerous) breast problems can be cyclical, it's helpful to track your monthly periods as part of your overall breast health.


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