When Should I Be Concerned About a Lump In My Breast?

The Short Answer from a breast surgical oncologist

When Should I Be Concerned About a Lump In My Breast?

Q: I’ve found a lump in my breast. What’s the best thing to do?

A: Any new breast lump, or a “breast mass” as doctors call them, is abnormal.

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The most important thing is to get it checked out. I always tell my patients, “Don’t ever feel silly about coming in to have a mass checked out and we say, ‘Oh, it’s just a cyst,’ or ‘It’s something benign.’”

You’re going to kick yourself if you realize you’ve been putting it off ― and it actually is something abnormal. So anything that you didn’t feel before needs to be checked out.

Any changes in your skin, color, any lump or bump that’s different that’s there for more than three days needs to be evaluated. That includes changes in the nipple (if it becomes inverted or has discharge).

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It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

―Surgical breast oncologist Stephanie Valente, DO

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