Finding a Lump or Change in Your Breast

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You may have felt a lump, or noticed an unusual change in your breast. Breast lumps are very common, especially in women who still have periods. Most lumps go away by the end of your period and are not cancer; however, do not ignore any change in your breast.

If you notice any change, see your doctor, and have the following questions ready at your appointment so you can be fully aware of your next steps:

  • What causes breast lumps or changes?
  • Do I need a mammogram or other tests, such as an ultrasound or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)?
  • When will I get the results?
  • What do I need to do if the results are not clear?
  • Can fluid be removed from this lump? If so, who will perform the test?
  • Will I need a biopsy (tissue is examined under a microscope)?
  • If more tests and/or treatment are needed, will you refer me to a doctor who specializes in breast problems?
  • What follow up care will I need? When do I need to see you again?

Here at Komen CSNJ, we are dedicated to ending breast cancer forever, and we are here for those that need guidance, support and help. Visit our website at komencsnj.org for more information.

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