Breast lumps are common, especially in women between ages 30 and 50. Many women's breasts feel lumpy and tender before their menstrual period. Women also may have lumps when they are breastfeeding. Breast lumps may go away after menopause. All new breast lumps in women after menopause should be checked by a doctor.
Although lumps may be normal for you, it is important to have your doctor check any lump or thickness that is not like the rest of your breast to make sure it is not cancer. A lump may be larger, harder, or different from the rest of your breast tissue.
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:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter Q928 in the search box to learn more about "Breast Lumps: Care Instructions".
Current as of: October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
©2006-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.