When to see a doctorBy 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
- Non-cancerous breast conditions. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003180-pdf.pdf. Accessed Sept. 20, 2012.
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