Understanding Breast Changes: A Health Guide for Women
If you received an abnormal mammogram result, or noticed a change in your breast such as a lump, nipple discharge, or skin change – Understanding Breast Changes was written for you. Most abnormal mammogram findings do not turn out to be cancer. However, it is important to follow-up with your health care provider after an abnormal mammogram finding, or if you notice a breast change.
This guide presents information about:
- Possible mammogram results
- Follow-up tests such as an ultrasound, MRI, or breast biopsy
- Breast and lymphatic system basics
- Breast conditions and follow-up care, to talk with your health care provider about:
- Breast changes during your lifetime that are not cancer (benign conditions)
- Conditions that are not cancer such as cysts, fibroadenomas, and adenosis, among others
- Conditions that are not cancer, but may increase your risk of breast cancer, such as ALH, ADH, and LCIS
- Conditions that are not cancer, but may turn into cancer if not treated such as DCIS
- Breast cancer
Additional breast cancer-related resources are also included.
The information in this booklet was last updated in February 2014.