When should I call the doctor?

You should call your healthcare provider if you experience:

  • Newly discovered lump.
  • Nipple discharge.
  • Changes in the way your breast or skin looks or feels.
  • Inverted nipple.
  • Breast pain.

What questions should I ask my doctor?

If you have benign breast disease, you may want to ask your healthcare provider:

  • What is the best treatment for me?
  • Am I at risk for more breast lumps?
  • How frequently should I get a mammogram or other cancer screening?
  • How can I lower my risk of breast cancer?
  • Should I use a different birth control method?
  • Can I use hormone replacement therapy?
  • Should I look out for signs of complications?

A note from Cleveland Clinic

It’s hard not to panic when you discover a breast lump. Fortunately, most lumps aren’t cancerous. Your healthcare provider can order the appropriate tests to determine what’s causing benign breast disease. Most people don’t need treatment — lumps go away on their own. If you have a benign condition that increases your chances of developing breast cancer later on, talk to your provider about preventive measures and screenings.

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