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Monthly self-exams are important. We know our body best and often will be the first to notice something out of the ordinary. We are our best advocates when we notice a change in our body. During our monthly breast exams, women should be looking for any changes in our breasts, whether that is a lump, indentation/dimpling, or an inverted nipple. Allison DePersia, MD, Clinical Cancer Geneticist and member of the High Risk Breast Program at NorthShore, knows that finding a lump or change during your exam is nerve wracking.
Dr. DePersia helps walk us through what a typical path may look like after we find a lump:
Dr. DePersia reminds us not to jump to conclusions because not all lumps mean breast cancer. It could be a breast cyst, a benign tumor such as a fibro adenoma, or something else. Regardless of what the outcome is, it is important to stay in tune with your body and your health. Early detection can be lifesaving.