When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Make an appointment with your doctor to have a breast lump evaluated, especially if:

  • The breast lump is new or unusual and feels different from surrounding tissue or from tissue in your other breast
  • The breast lump doesn't go away or gets bigger after your next menstrual period
  • The breast lump changes — gets bigger, firmer or more defined from surrounding breast tissue
  • You have bloody, possibly spontaneous, discharge from your nipple
  • You notice skin changes on your breast, such as redness, crusting, dimpling or puckering
  • Your nipple is turned inward (inverted), although it isn't normally positioned that way
Oct. 30, 2012