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Up to two-thirds of women have what are termed normal breast lumps. They get bigger and smaller and more or less tender depending as hormone levels change in your body. Watch Dr. Oz explain how these lumps develop.
A tender breast lump that is persistent for greater than 2 months should be evaluated by a physician. Screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds may be performed to determine more detail of the breast lump. If in any doubt, a tissue biopsy should be performed to allow for a definitive diagnosis. Biopsies include FNA (fine-needle aspiraton), true-core biopsy, and direct excisional biopsy under anesthesia.
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