Breast Biopsy - Suspicious Growths

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How is a suspicious breast growth discovered?

A suspicious breast growth may be found by a patient's self-examination, a physician's clinical examination, or a screening procedure such as a mammogram.

Patients who discover a lump in a breast should see a physician for testing. They should also see a physician if they find a lump in an armpit or above a collarbone (either of which could indicate the presence of spreading cancer). Finally, a physician should be consulted if they have:

  • red or irritated breast skin,
  • scaly skin on the breast,
  • dimpling skin on the breast,
  • swelling breast skin,
  • nipple discharge other than milk,
  • nipple retraction or inversion,
  • nipple itching,
  • a change in the size or shape of a breast, or
  • breast pain.

It is important to remember that these signs and symptoms do not necessarily indicate the presence of cancer.

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