What should I do if I find a lump?

See your physician if you discover any new breast changes, changes that persist after your menstrual cycle, or changes that concern you. Conditions that should be checked by a physician include:

  • An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast
  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle
  • A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast
  • A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea
  • A marble-like area under the skin
  • A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed [red, warm, or swollen])
  • Bloody or clear fluid discharge from the nipples
  • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/20/2015.


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