• Consumer Health: What to do if you find a breast lump

If you find a breast lump or other change in your breast, you might worry about breast cancer.

Breast lumps are common. Most often, they're noncancerous, particularly in younger women. Still it's important to have any breast lump evaluated by a health care provider, especially if it's new, feels different from your other breast or feels different from what you've felt before.

Learn what to expect during a clinical breast examination, what happens when a lump needs further evaluation, and why early evaluation of a breast lump is essential.

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