01/19/2010 - Questions and Answers

I found a lump in my breast

By: June Chen, MD

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Hi, I wanted to seek your advice, a month ago I found a lump in my breast, I was doing an self exam when I saw that my breast had changed in size and also there was a dimple wich wasn't there before so I felt it and found this lump wich is pretty big in my opinion and it has irregular shape more like a finger rather then a pea and I went to my doctor who also found it and he sent me to have a mammography to another doctor and he saw nothing also he did ultrasound and told me that everything looked normal? When I asked what the lump was he couldn't answear me and just told me it was not cancer? I wanted to ask you should I ask for more testing to be done because of the lump or should I just wait? I am a little bit affraid I might admit.

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Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to examine breast tissue and aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. Five to fifteen percent of screening mammograms require additional testing, such as additional mammograms or ultrasound. Sometimes, interpretations of mammograms can be difficult because normal breast tissue can appear differently for each woman. It is not clear why your doctor was not able to explain to you what the lump was. Perhaps you could request a copy of your mammogram and/or ultrasound report and seek a second opinion. There are benign, or non-cancerous, conditions that can cause lumps in the breast. However, only a doctor who can examine you and knows your medical history and the results of your imaging studies can give you appropriate advice on next steps.

Created on: 01/19/2010
Reviewed on: 01/19/2010

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