If you’ve found a breast lump or detected a change in one of your breasts, check your other breast. Some lumpiness may be normal — especially if your other breast feels the same to you.
But make an appointment with your doctor if:
• The breast lump is new or unusual and feels different from breast tissue in that breast or your other breast.
• The breast lump doesn’t go away after your next menstrual period.
• You notice the breast lump has changed, for instance it gets bigger or becomes firmer.
• You have bloody, possibly spontaneous, discharge from your nipple.
• You notice skin changes on your breast, such as redness, crusting, dimpling or puckering.
• Your nipple is turned inward (inverted), although it isn’t normally positioned that way.
If you’re seeing a different doctor than the one who treated your first breast cancer, you’ll want to make sure the new doctor has access to your medical records from the initial treatment. You’ll need to sign an information release form so that your new provider’s office can call or write for the records.
Before your appointment:
• Write down what you want to talk about and questions you have. Be prepared to discuss your new symptoms and any other health problems you’ve had since your first cancer diagnosis.
• Make a list of all medications you take, including vitamins and supplements. Include the doses and how often you take the medication, such as once a day or occasionally as needed. If it’s easier, bring the medications with you when you have your appointment.