We hope that this booklet has answered many of
your questions about breast changes and the early detection of
breast cancer. However, no booklet can take the place of talking
directly with your doctor. Take any questions you have to your
doctor. If you don't understand the answer, ask her or him to
Many women find it helpful to write down their questions ahead
of time. The following list contains some of the most common
questions that women have. You may have others. Jot them down as
you think of them and take the list with you when you see your
- Do I need to have a mammogram? How often? Or if not, why
- How often should I schedule appointments with you?
- Will you teach me how to do BSE and check to see that I'm doing
- What should I watch for when I do BSE?
- How can I distinguish lumps from the normal parts of my
- What kind of lumps do I have?
- Do you think I need to have a biopsy? If not, why not?
- Is there anything in my background that indicates I should have
mammograms more often than is usually recommended?