Dr. Lebovic explains what a woman should do if she finds a lump in her breast during a self exam, but her doctor says there's nothing to worry about.
We used to see a lot of breast cancer that was actually found by a woman herself by finding a lump. Nowadays, 50% of cancers are found on a mammogram, which is great because that means you can’t even feel it, but if a woman feels a lump, it is definitely important for her to get that checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. If the doctor might say, “Don’t worry about it,” I wouldn’t necessarily stop there. I would probably get the opinion of, perhaps a breast specialist and that can become very important because perhaps other tests like an ultrasound would be helpful in determining whether that woman needs a biopsy.
About Dr. Gail Lebovic, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Gail Lebovic is the President of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). She earned a B.A. in physiology and anatomy and a master's in endocrinology from University of California, Berkeley. In 1986, she received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. After an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she performed her surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center and completed two fellowships – one in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and another at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Lebovic is certified by the American Board of Surgery and her areas of special medical interest include diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, and management of congenital breast deformities. She has also invented several medical devices and co-founded a number of companies in the area of women's health including Biolucent, Inc., makers of the MammoPad™ breast cushion designed to make mammography more comfortable.