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Breast Problems - Preparing For Your Appointment

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What symptoms do you have?
  • How long have you had your symptoms? Do your breast changes occur at the same time each month?
  • What is your age and general health?
  • Do you have menstrual periods? Are your periods regular?
  • Are you pregnant?
  • Have you had children? Did you breast-feed? Are you currently breast-feeding?
  • Have you had a breast infection (mastitis) or a blocked milk duct in the past?
  • What prescription and nonprescription medicines are you taking?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with breast lumps or had any fluid or cysts drained from your breasts?
  • Have you ever had a mammogram or breast ultrasound?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with breast cancer?
  • Do you have any relatives who have noncancerous (benign) breast lumps or breast cancer?
  • Do you have any health risks?

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 13, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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