It can be very alarming to find a lump in your breast. Finding a lump in your breast might be very scary and unsettling. It can, understandably, cause stress and anxiety. Thousands of American women find a lump in their breast each year. If you find a lump in your breast, it is important to not ignore this.
The first thing to remember, should you notice a lump in your breast, is to not panic. Please remember that, statistically, there is much more of a chance that this is a non-serious situation. (It is believed that only twenty percent of breast lumps are cancerous.) The majority of the time, lumps in the breast are proven to not be harmful. While it is normal to worry, panicking will not help the situation.
If you are breastfeeding and your infant is young, it is very normal to have lumps in your breast. To help alleviate the issue, you might use a warm washcloth or heating pad. If they do not disappear, then it is time to call your doctor or lactation specialist. If you are not nursing, a lump in the breast can still be very harmless but should be taken seriously.
As soon as you notice the lump in your breast, and you are not nursing, it is time to see your doctor or another medical professional as soon as possible. Therefore, you should call your gynecologist or family doctor immediately. If they can not see you within two weeks, then definitely consider calling another physician or nurse practitioner.
If you cannot afford to see a doctor, and have no insurance, please do not ignore this situation. Remember there are programs that offer free mammograms and medical assistance. For more information on how to get a free mammogram, please read “Where to Get a Free Mammogram.” If you have a lump in your breast, it is urgent that you see a doctor and possibly have a mammogram as soon as possible. Read ‘Preparing for Your First Mammogram: What to Expect” if you what to know what happens during a mammogram.
Remember, statistically, the chance of the lump in your breast being serious is very slim. Many women who have lumps in their breast each year learn that the growth is benign. It could be a harmless cyst. However, a lump in your breast should be taken very seriously.
If you are worried because you do not have health insurance, and aren’t sure what would happen if it is cancer, please try to relax. In this slim chance that the lump is malignant, you can still get necessary medical treatment without insurance. Some hospitals and doctors offer benevolence programs. If you are in this predicament, take a look at “How to Get Social Service Help Through 211.” You could also get some assistance possibly through churches, fundraisers and more.
For advice on checking your breasts for lumps, you might want to read ‘How to Perform a Breast Self- Exam.” Please do not ignore a lump in your breast. Call your doctor today.