Breast Lumps

Any time you discover a new breast lump, you should always make an appointment with a health professional.

While waiting for your appointment, proceed with our Health Decision Guide. You will be asked a short series of questions and your answers will direct you to information most pertinent to you.

Breast lumps commonly occur in women, especially during their reproductive years, the years between puberty and menopause. When there are multiple small lumps, they are almost always benign.

While a single lump is a little more concerning, most lumps discovered no matter what your age are still more likely to be benign than malignant.

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Some changes in the breast are associated with a greater risk that the lump may be more serious.

Have you noticed any of the following changes in one or both of your breasts

  • indentations in the shape or skin of your breast

  • dimpling of the skin of your breast

  • nipple retraction (your nipple looks like it is being pulled into the breast itself)?

Yes, I have noticed one or more of these changes.

No, I have not noticed any of these changes.

That's reassuring to know you have no skin dimpling, indentations or nipple retraction.

Many women occasionally notice a white milky nipple discharge from one or both breasts, even if they are not pregnant or breast feeding. In general, this is not worrisome as long as a woman otherwise feels well and continues to have normal menstrual periods. A red or rust colored discharge means blood is probably present and could be a sign of a more serious problem.

Have you noticed any bloody nipple discharge?

Yes, I have noticed a bloody nipple discharge.

No, I have not noticed a bloody nipple discharge.

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