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I found a lump...what do I do now?

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The first, and most important thing to remember is, do not panic. There are a variety of non-breast cancer diagnosis that may be explained by the lump. During different parts of your menstrual cycle, your breast tissue changes and benign (non-cancerous) lumps and bumps can be found. This is why it is important for you to begin performing self breast exams early in life to learn what your breast tissue normally feels like.

Now that you have stopped panicking, first schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or Gynecologist.  Explain your concerns and describe what you felt and where.  He or she will then perform a clinical breast exam (CBE).  If your physician believes the lump is of concern, a mammogram or ultrasound will be recommended.  In patients over the age of 40, mammogram is the best modality to examine the lump. However if you are younger, ultrasound would be more beneficial.  It is difficult to distinguish dense breast tissue that is seen in a younger woman from a potential mass by mammogram.

Shikha Jain, MD