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What to Do If You Find a Lump in Your Breast

About four in five of all breast lumps biopsied are benign, according to the Mayo Clinic. Still, it's imperative to get it checked out as soon as possible by an experienced health professional, says Dr. Norton. Your doctor will feel the lump and may order a mammogram, MRI, or ultrasound to help distinguish between a solid mass, which is more likely to be cancer, and a fluid-filled mass, which is more likely to be a benign cyst. If you have dimpled or thickened skin, bloody nipple discharge, a rash on the nipple, or redness of the breast, see your doctor even if you don't feel a lump, since these might also be warning signs.

Then, says Dr. Norton, if the lump is solid, the doctor will remove cells using a needle and examine them under a microscope. If the cells are benign, a breast specialist may still advise removal of the lump, depending on the type of benign cells or how the lump feels or looks. If the cells are malignant, your doctor will discuss treatment options, which might include surgery, medication, chemotherapy, or a combination.

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movements2 wrote:

Very informative. im loving it

10/30/2013 11:05:25 AM Report Abuse
pamelahoward9 wrote:

What about post-menopausal breast pain?

10/5/2011 02:10:51 PM Report Abuse
tabkitune wrote:

fantastic and very educative. i like it

10/4/2011 12:38:30 AM Report Abuse
sharon cusick wrote:

Fantastic!! Very informative. Answers every question a women would have. I know I am not alone.

10/3/2011 02:08:37 PM Report Abuse

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