What sort of doctor should I see first about a lump in my breast?

One that you trust. Anyone that can order a mammogram and any appropriate follow-up tests. This would include primary care, general surgeon, plastic surgeon, ob/gyn or even am oncologist. In the event the diagnosis proves to be breast cancer the patient should always speak to both a general surgeon and a plastic surgeon to best understand their options. If mass proves not to be cancer follow-up as directed.
Primary Care Doctor. Depending on your age, the best place to start is with your pcp, whether that's your family physician, internist, gynecologist, or pediatrician. If necessary, they will order the appropriate test(s) and refer you to a breast surgeon. While not mandatory, it helps if your breast surgeon performs office-based ultrasound, so that the evaluation can be completed expeditiously.

Related Questions

Can you tell me, are doctors always supposed to send you for a scan if you have a breast lump?

Depends. Evaluation of a breast lump typically involves a combination of physical exam and possibly ultrasound or mammogram. Depends on degree of suspicion of what your doctor thinks it is. Read more...

Why can't I find or feel the 1cm smooth breast lump on self exam my doctor can feel?

Exams are subjective. Sometimes masses are mobile and are difficult to feel if you are standing/sitting up vs laying down. Some women have "lumpy breasts and what feels normal to them may feel abnormal to the md. A good idea would be to have the md put your fingers directly on the mass so that you know what he/she is feeling. Does imaging confirm the mass in the same place he/she indicated? If so, biopsy. Read more...
Know your breast . If you feel something different on self examination, that is important as you may do self-exams daily showering. On exams you should look for skin and nipple retractions. An ultrasound may show if the mass is solid or a cyst. Read more...

Went to doctor about a breast lump and should have been referred. He didn't even feel it. Can I self refer to woman doctor?

Breast lump. Sure, most of the Gyn are consider primary physicians. If you have PPO, then you can even self-refer to specialists too. Read more...
Always. You can always self refer with the only limitation the occasinal insurance requiring pcp authorization. To find out, check with your customer service consultant. Read more...

Can a test for cancer in a breast lump be wrong? It was tested not cancer but it grew back now doctors are worried.

No perfect tests. There are no perfect tests, and unfortunately these include the ones that we rely upon to tell us if cancer is present or not. If there is doubt, or your clinical situation has changed, please don't delay in getting a confirmatory study or second opinion. Ask your doctor to candidly share his concerns and best direct you appropriately. Read more...
Grew Back? It is a difficult question to answer without facts, but unfortunately, a benign tissue may become malignant "years later." I am a cancer survivor and quoting my doctor who said 16 years ago, the cancer "may come back in 20 or 25 years." there were instances i felt the cancer is back, but regular check-ups so far showed otherwise. I hope and pray, your test will be negative for cancer. Read more...
Unlikely. I assume that the test you had was a biopsy. If so, it would be very unusual for this result to be wrong. More likely, some benign tumors can grow; in that circumstance, it is safer to do a small, outpatient operation to remove that tissue. Read more...
Fibroadenoma. If you are 19 and the lump was benign it was probably a fibroadenoma. These grow back on occassion or you may have another condition (like fibrocystic or very rarely cancer) in the same area. Most likely a benign condition if you are 19, but best to have it checked out again. Read more...
Get 2nd opinion . I recommend you go to the american society of breast surgeons website to find a breast specialist who can review you case and make recommendations. Read more...

How long can you delay the breast lump removal a doctor advised?

Why wait? If it is cancer you need to get started, if it isn't you can stop worrying. Waiting is the worst option and a form of denial. Schedule it and get it over. Read more...
Need biosy results. With rare exception, one should not go to the or without a tissue diagnosis. This is usually easily accomplished via needle biopsy under local anesthesia. Once the diagnosis is established, the timing of the surgery can be guided by whether the lump is benign or malignant: if benign, no urgency; if malignant, why wait? Read more...
Don't wait. Is there a particular reason for waiting? Insurance coverage maybe? Otherwise, as others have posted, it seems like a definitive diagnosis of your lump is needed. If it is malignant, you need to get treatment, and if it is benign, you can rest easy. Is this lump amenable to needle biopsy? That would be the preferred option over surgical excision in most cases. Read more...

26 year old male with breast lump. Doctor said my axillary nodes are a little swollen. Mammogram next week? Gyno or more serious. Hard to wait. Thanks

Possible gynecomast. Lumps are seen in male breast which has a normal duct system. Fibroadenomas rarely seen but Ca less frequent at your age. Mammo should not be used because even male breast tissue sensitive to RTl Needle aspiration or sono can be employed. Disease almost guarteed to be benign and may require excision. Read more...
The waiting is. tough, but the vast majority of the time a lump behind the nipple in a man is due to gynecomastia. Read more...

I am 22 years old and I am a virgin. I had a breast lump removed two years back. The doctor didn't mention anything and the lump was benign. Now, I am getting some milky discharge from both the nipples. The discharge is thick and smells like milk. Is it n

Galactorrhea. You have galactorrhea which is a harmless condition caused by elevated levels of the prolactin hormone. Read more...
Physiological change. Normal breast function can occur during your menstrual cycle. Nipple discharge that would be more of a concern would be from a single nipple, or blood tinged or some other color. A normal discharge is milky or translucent, usually from both breasts. Read more...
May be normal . Nipple discharges not unusual. But it should be checked by your doctor just to be sure. Read more...