Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or gynecologist. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

When you make the appointment, ask if there's anything you need to do in advance, such as restrict your diet. Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, including any that seem unrelated to your breast changes, and when they began
  • Key personal information, including your and your family's medical history and whether there's a history of breast cancer in your family
  • All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

Bring a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.

For a fibroadenoma, basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What might this lump be?
  • What tests do I need? Do I need to do anything special to prepare for them?
  • What treatments are available?
  • Do you have brochures or other written materials about this topic? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:

  • When did you notice the lump? Has its size changed?
  • Does the size of the lump change around your menstrual periods?
  • Have you or other family members had breast problems?
  • What date did your last menstrual period begin?
  • Is the lump tender or painful?
  • Have you had nipple discharge?
  • Have you ever had a mammogram? If so, when?
May 18, 2017
References
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