Breast Lumps and Pain (cont.)
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Breast Lumps and Pain Prevention
Once you reach age 20, you should begin to do a monthly breast self-exam. The best time to examine yourself is about seven to eight days after your period begins. If you have passed menopause, do it the same time each month. If you find any suspicious masses, report them immediately to your health care professional for testing. Tumors found during your monthly self-exam are usually in an early stage. You have a better outcome and a higher long-term survival in these cases if cancer is found. Most lumps are not cancer.
Breast Lumps and Pain Prognosis
Premenstrual breast pain usually increases with age and then generally stops at menopause. Most women are able to control their symptoms without hormonal treatment.
When treated promptly, the majority of breast infections go away quickly and without serious complications.
Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2014
M Ruby Alvi, MD, CCFP, MHSc
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