I found a Lump, now what?
stay positive, There are various reasons for lumps in the breast!
THERE ARE MANY BENIGN (not cancerous) CONDITIONS THAT MAY CAUSE LUMPS AND OTHER NOTICABLE SYMPTOMS IN YOUR BREASTS
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR OB/GYN OR HEALTH PRACTICIONER
Don't delay! Early detection can be life-saving when it comes to breast cancer. If your doctor has any reason for concern, they will order tests for you to further investigate.
These tests include a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy, or MRI.
We highly recommend Solis Imaging for your mammogram.
Depending on your practitioner they may schedule this at their office or a local imaging center. In past years, they have offered free mammograms in October and other times during the year. If you are in need we also host free mammogram events throughout the year. See our Mammogram page for more information.
Your practitioner may schedule an ultrasound to follow your diagnostic mammogram.
WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND? A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make a computer image of the internal breast. Ultrasound images are used to further evaluate the abnormality. An ultrasound can detect if the mass is sold or filled with fluid, such as a non-cancerous cyst. It can also be used to determine the size and composition of the surrounding tissue.
If there are concerns after your mammogram and ultrasound, your doctor may order a biopsy. A biopsy removes tissue from the breast through a needle or surgery. The cells are then viewed under a microscope to determine if they are cancerous or not. A biopsy is the only diagnostic procedure that can identify if the suspicious area is cancerous.
Keep in mind that 80% of women who have a breast biopsy do not have breast cancer.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is often used to determine the stage of breast cancer. It may also be used as a diagnostic tool for women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer. WHAT IS A MRI? A MRI creates detailed 3-D images of the breast. Using the strong magnetic fields, it allows doctors to further evaluate any abnormalities.
These tests may include a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy or MRI. To find a Federally Qualified Health Center near you, we highly recommend you visit