Breast Lumps and Pain (cont.)
Breast Lumps and Pain Follow-up
Recommended mammograms should be part of your routine health maintenance
screening. Keep track of when your last mammogram was done and inform your
doctor when you are due for another, based on your doctor's recommendations. Be
aware of your body and the changes you notice on examining yourself. If you
notice a mass, this should also be reported to your health care professional.
- Follow-up care will vary depending on the cause of your breast pain,
severity of symptoms, and treatment strategy. You should discuss a follow-up
plan with your doctor. Regular and routine mammograms are an excellent
investment in your future well-being.
- If you have a breast infection, you will usually be seen for a recheck in
24-48 hours. Take all antibiotics as prescribed.
- Close follow-up of any breast lump or infection is also important to rule
out breast cancer. Mastitis does not cause cancer, but cancer can mimic mastitis
in appearance. If a breast infection is slow to go away, your health care
professional may recommend a mammogram or other tests to rule out cancer.
M Ruby Alvi, MD, CCFP, MHSc
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