Breast lumps or changes are a common health worry for most women. Women may have many kinds of breast lumps and other breast changes throughout their lives, including ones that occur with menstrual periods, pregnancy, and aging. Most breast lumps are harmless and are not cancer.
Many women's breasts feel lumpy and tender before their menstrual periods. Women also may have lumps when they are breastfeeding. Breast lumps may go away after menopause.
Common non-cancerous breast lumps include:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you:
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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