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    I have a breast lump, what does that mean?

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    Dr Adam Ofri

    Breast Surgeon, General Surgeon

    Dr Adam Ofri is a specialist Breast Oncology and General Surgeon, accredited by both BreastSurgANZ and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He manages both … View Profile

    First, and foremost, don’t stress. This is so easy to say, hard to do, however - not all breast lumps are cancer. Most breast lumps, 60-80%, are not cancer – they are “benign”. That doesn’t mean you can ignore it - it is important that the breast lump is evaluated by a medical professional. The initial review of a lump should be with your GP. They are well educated and trained in evaluating breast lumps and typically would advise the “Triple Test” when appropriate.

    The Triple Test includes 3 key steps:

    1. Personal History and Clinical Assessment – personal and family history of breast cancer, physical examination of breasts, regional nodal basins, abdomen and spine.

    2. Imaging – Mammogram, Tomosynthesis, Ultrasound, CESM, MRI.

    3. Biopsy – Core, FNA.

    Once completed, your GP may refer you, even for benign (non-cancerous) disease.

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