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What should I do if I or my doctor detects a mass in my breast?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

If your doctor detects a mass in your breast, you should immediately undergo screening diagnostic testing.  A mass in the breast should never be ignored as this can be a sign of malignancy.  Mammograms are the first line of diagnosis.  In order to detect a fluid versus cystic mass, an ultrasound may also be required.  Benign masses can be determined on mammogram and ultrasounds by board-certified radiologists.  If, however, there is any suspicion with microcalcifications or enlarging size, the radiologist may require an MRI or a biopsy.  Biopsies can include fine-needle aspiration, Tru-Core biopsies or direct excisional biopsies by a surgeon.  It is very important that masses be diagnosed and, if necessary, tissue biopsies be determined in order to determine malignancy versus benign.

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