You probably will discuss your breast lump with your family doctor or your gynecologist.
What you can do
Before your appointment, you might want to write a list that answers the following questions:
- When did you first notice the lump? Has it gotten bigger since then?
- Does the lump change in size around the time of your menstrual periods?
- Have you or other members of your family had breast problems in the past?
- What date did your last menstrual period begin?
- What medications and supplements do you take regularly?
Questions to ask your doctor:
- What do you think this lump might be?
- What tests do I need?
- What treatments are available?
- Do you have any brochures about this topic?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
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- Is the lump tender or painful?
- Have you had any nipple discharge?
- Has anyone in your family had breast cancer?
- Have you ever had a mammogram? If so, when?
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