Finding a lump in your breast can be startling – but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cancer. Many women experience changes in their breast tissue throughout their normal hormonal cycles, especially during the week that immediately precedes a menstrual period. During menstruation, it’s also common for both breasts to feel sore, tender or swollen. As long as your symptoms go away within a few days, you don’t necessarily need to be alarmed.
Mammograms can often detect abnormal changes before they can be felt
Another reassuring fact: if you’re having routine mammograms, it’s likely that any abnormal changes in your breast tissue will be detected before they progress to the point that they can be felt through your skin. As breast cancer screening methods become more and more sophisticated, early detection rates continue to rise.
When to see a breast cancer specialist
Even though most breast lumps are not cancerous, they should still be evaluated by a physician if they do not resolve on their own within a few days. This is especially true if a lump is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
- A change in the texture of the skin on the surface of the breast
- A clear or bloody discharge from the nipple
- Burning, numbness, tingling or other unusual sensations
A medical professional can help you determine if any diagnostic tests, such as CT scan or MRI, might be appropriate. At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic and preventive care services, providing our patients with the resources they need to ensure their best possible health.
If you recently detected a lump in your breast and would like to have it evaluated by a medical professional, you can request a consultation at Moffitt by calling 1-888-663-3488 or submitting a new patient registration form online. Our experienced oncologists exclusively specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and no referrals are required.