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Breast Mass, Ambulatory Care

A breast mass

is a lump or growth in your breast or underarm. A cyst (fluid-filled pocket), an injury, or changes in your breast tissue are the most common causes. A breast mass can also be caused by cancer. You must follow up as directed to find the cause of your breast mass.

Contact your healthcare provider for any of the following:

  • The breast mass returns or grows larger
  • Pain in your breast or underarm
  • Nipple discharge
  • Other changes happen to your breasts or nipples, such as dimpling or a rash
  • Redness, pain, swelling, or warmth near the aspiration site
  • Fever
  • Questions or concerns about your condition or care

Continue to do breast self-exams as directed:

Check your breast for changes in size, shape, or feel of the breast tissue. Check under your arms and all around your breasts. If you have monthly periods, examine your breasts after your period is over. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice any changes in your breasts. If you have questions, ask for more information on how to do a breast self-exam.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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