What should I ask my doctor if I find a lump in my breast?

Here are some important questions to ask your healthcare professional if you find a lump in your breast:
  • What tests are needed to find out if the lump is cancerous?
  • In addition to a physical exam of my breasts, will you check the lymph nodes in my armpits and neck?
  • Should I get a mammogram?
  • Will I need magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or an ultrasound?
  • Will I need a biopsy?
  • What does a biopsy involve?
  • How long will it take to get the results?
  • How will I obtain the results?
  • If the tests are negative but the lump is still there, what are the next steps?
  • If the tests are clear and the lump goes away, how often should I follow up with you?  

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