If your doctor finds a lump, or if you find one on your own, don’t jump to conclusions, advises Dr. Patel. “Depending on mammogram results and clinical exam, your doctor may order additional testing and possibly a biopsy to determine if a lump is cancer or not.”
“Many times it is not cancer,” she says. And that’s another piece os good news. Women may have benign lumps in their breasts, such as cysts, that can be confirmed with futher tests.
“But even if it is breast cancer, in most cases the outlook is good with a combination of surgery, radiation and chemo., says Dr. Patel. “Early detection is the key.”
If you are over 40 or have a family history of breast cancer, ask your primary care physician or gynecologist about breast cancer screening. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, see an oncologist to learn about your treatment options.
Source: Mita Patel, MD write-up in The Chronicle-Telegram Elyria, Ohio Sunday October 25, 2015
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