Should I be concerned about a tender breast lump?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
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. 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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.

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genital problems and sexually transmitted diseases. If you are a female that is sexually active, or over the age of 18, it is important to begin seeing a womans' health specialist in order to make sure that your reproductive system stays healthy. Before that, any concerns with menstruation should be addressed with a physician. As you get older, most women become concerned with issues pertaining to avoiding or achieving pregnancy, until menopause begins around age 50.

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