Monday, November 18, 2013

Ask Us Anything: I Found a Lump in my Breast. Now What?

"I found a lump in my breast. What do I do now?"

Registered Nurse Michelle Wysocki Responds:

First of all, do not panic. Eight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous.

Breast lumps are very common, especially in younger women, and often go away by the end of the menstrual cycle.

But do not ignore any change in your breast. The best advice is to see a doctor right away.

The doctor will talk about your personal and family medical history and can often tell a lot about the lump from its size and the way it moves. A mammogram or ultrasound test may be done to help tell the difference between normal and abnormal lumps. In a small percentage of breast changes, a biopsy will be done to examine the tissue. If the lump turns out to be a benign tumor or a cyst, then it is not cancer.

– Michelle Wysocki, RN

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