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The first thing to do if you feel a lump or notice any unusual change in your breast is to see your doctor, who will examine you and discuss your general health with you.
Bear in mind that most lumps turn out not to be cancer. However, it’s important to get any unusual changes checked out by your doctor as soon as possible. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances of beating it.
If your doctor is unable to rule out the possibility of breast cancer, you will be referred for an assessment at a breast clinic at a hospital near you. You should be seen as soon as possible. In England this will be within two weeks.
You may also be asked to attend a breast clinic if you go for a routine breast screening and the results show that further tests are needed.
Information last reviewed: 9 November 2012