If You Have a Small Lump in Your Breast What Does It Usually Mean?

6Mar

If you have a lump in your breast and you are post-menopausal or it does not go away after your menstrual cycle, it always means that it is time to visit your doctor. Despite all the scary news about breast cancer, the odds are in your favor because more than 80 percent of breast lumps are not cancer.

Still, it is a bad idea to play the odds and avoid seeing a doctor to find out for certain. Breast cancer can be cured or treated most successfully when it is detected and treated in the earliest possible stage.

When you see the doctor, you can expect to have a breast exam and probably a diagnostic mammogram.

Go to the exam armed with written information about the lump: the date you discovered it, where it is located, what it feels like, whether you have noticed any changes, etc.

While it is normal to be nervous and frightened, the statistics offer hope, even for those women diagnosed with breast cancer. The sharp increase in new cases of breast cancer seen in the ’80s and ’90s is finally leveling off. Meanwhile, the death rate is declining as treatments improve and more women seek early treatment for the disease.

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