What to Do if I Feel a Lump in My Breast

Do you know what to do if you discover a lump during a breast self-exam?

Hopefully, you're checking your breasts every month for lumps and other abnormalities. This practice can become a monotonous routine – until – you feel something that wasn't there the month before. Don't panic! In most cases, breast lumps do not turn out to be cancerous. Still, you need to take action. This is what should come next.

Call your doctor. Your first stop will be an appointment with your general physician. Schedule this as soon as you can. If the lump is a sign of breast cancer, you will want to begin treatment as early as possible.

Discuss the right test for you. Depending on your age and risk level, your doctor will most likely suggest one of two options. Young women may undergo an ultrasound, while those at a higher risk will need a mammogram. Unlike your annual mammogram, you'll need one that creates extra images of the problem area. The goal of these tests is to determine whether your lump is a benign cyst or something else.

Schedule a biopsy. If your results indicate that the lump is not caused by a benign cyst, it's time to get more information. Your next step is a breast biopsy. This is a minimally invasive procedure that retrieves a sample of the problem area for testing. Your results will tell you whether the lump is cancerous or not.

If you see any warning signs of breast cancer, don't wait to schedule a screening.  Give us a call at (817) 472-4857 to make an appointment.

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