Health Matters

What to do when you find a breast lump

Don’t panic. The key is to seek care.



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You have found a breast lump – now what? Dr. Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an OB/GYN doctor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine says when it comes to breast lumps – If you feel something, then you should say something.

“Also, don't panic. Many breast lumps are not cancer, but all new breast lumps should be discussed with a health care provider.”

“Evaluation of a breast lump involves a thorough examination and sometimes requires further imaging, which might include a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound of the area. Depending on your history and the initial findings, the next step may be drainage, such as with many benign breast cysts, or even observation with re-examination in the future. A breast biopsy is sometimes required.”

“The key is to seek care. Earlier detection is better for you and your clinical care team. Stay well, stay healthy!”

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