Discovering a breast lump or mass can be a cause of concern for many women. However, it’s important to remember that not all lumps are cancerous. Let’s explore what breast lumps are, how they are diagnosed, and the treatment options available under the expert care of Dr. Lindsay Keith.
A breast lump is a growth of tissue that develops within your breast. It can be solid and unmovable like a pea, or it could move around easily. Some lumps cause pain, while others go unnoticed until discovered during an examination. They can vary in size, shape, and location within the breast. Many breast lumps are benign (non-cancerous), but some could be malignant (cancerous). Therefore, any new or changing breast lump should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
Breast lumps are often found by women themselves during a self-exam or by a doctor during a clinical breast exam. If a lump is detected, further investigation is necessary to confirm the diagnosis. This could involve imaging tests such as mammography or ultrasound, or possibly a biopsy where a small sample of tissue is taken and examined under a microscope.
The treatment for a breast lump depends on its cause. Benign lumps may not require treatment unless they are large, painful, or if the patient chooses to have them removed. Treatment options for malignant lumps could include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these.
Dr. Lindsay Keith is a skilled breast health specialist who offers expert evaluation and treatment options for women with breast lumps. She performs a thorough assessment of the patient’s condition and personalizes treatment plans that best meet their needs. Her surgical expertise combined with a compassionate approach helps patients feel understood, cared for, and confident in their path towards recovery.
Dr. Keith and her team recognize the anxiety a breast lump can cause and are committed to providing clear communication and emotional support throughout the diagnosis and treatment process. After treatment, patients continue to receive follow-up care and support to ensure successful recovery and ongoing breast health.
If you’ve discovered a lump in your breast, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lindsay Keith. With the right care and treatment, we can address your concerns and help ensure your best health.
1. What should I do if I find a lump in my breast?
If you find a new lump or mass in your breast, it’s important to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. While most breast lumps are benign, it’s crucial to get any new or changing lump evaluated.
2. Are all breast lumps cancerous?
No, not all breast lumps are cancerous. In fact, most turn out to be benign. However, any breast lump should be evaluated by a healthcare professional to rule out the possibility of cancer.
3. How can I differentiate between a benign and a malignant lump?
It can be challenging to tell the difference based solely on how a lump feels, and some malignancies cause no symptoms at all. That’s why it’s essential to have any lump evaluated by a professional. They may use imaging tests or a biopsy to determine if a lump is cancerous.