When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you have:
- A painless lump in your breast or armpit.
- A change in the size or shape of the breast.
- Changes in the skin of the breast, such as a dimple or skin that looks like an orange peel.
- A change in the nipple, such as scaling of the skin, a nipple that turns in, or discharge or bleeding.
- A change in the color or feel of the skin around the nipple.
Who to see
Health professionals who can perform a breast exam include the following:
- Reference Family medicine doctor Opens New Window
- Reference General practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Gynecologist Opens New Window
- Reference Internist Opens New Window
- Reference General surgeon Opens New Window or a surgeon who specializes in diseases of the breast
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window
Mammograms are usually read by Reference radiologists Opens New Window.
You may see a general surgeon, a breast surgeon, or a radiologist if further evaluation of a breast problem is needed.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health