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As ladies reach a certain age we are often faced with heightened risks of illnesses such as breast cancer, which makes finding a lump on your breast all that more scary. This happened to me last year and so I decided to go in for a biopsy of breast in Los Angeles, to assess what exactly I was dealing with. As I’m sure you can imagine, this was not an enjoyable time for me, and the only person that I told about it was my partner.

I made the appointment and had to wait for 5 days to be seen, the toughest 5 days of my life if I am being honest. If you have found a lump in your breast, I just want to talk to you about what to expect before the appointment, and then when you go in for the biopsy itself.

No Hiding

The first thing which I want to mention is that as soon as you have found a lump in your breast, you must take action. The breast is unlikely to go away on its own, and if it is cancerous then the sooner you get checked out, the higher your chances are of catching it early.

Don’t Google

As tempting as it is, you mustn’t Google anything about your symptoms or what the lump in your breast actually means. The reason for this is that you will naturally focus on the worst case scenario, and then get yourself into a mess of worry. In many cases a lump on the breast is not cancerous and you could find that you have been worrying unnecessarily. The best bet here is to make your appointment and then do all that you can to forget about it, until the time comes to speak to a professional. Goggle cannot diagnose you, don’t forget that.

The Biopsy

The biopsy is a simple and pain free process which will see the doctor remove either tissue or fluid from the area of the lump. There are three types of breast biopsy procedures which the doctor could carry out, a fine needle aspiration biopsy, a core-needle biopsy and a surgery biopsy. More often than not the doctor will recommend either a core-needle biopsy or a surgical biopsy. The decision from the doctor as to which biopsy they will carry out, comes down to the severity of the tumor, the amount of tumors and any other health issues which you may have.

Once the biopsy is complete, you must once again play a waiting game. It is unlikely that the doctor will give you any indication as to how severe your situation is, as they simply cannot tell just by looking at and touching the lump. Most biopsy results come back in 3-5 days and once again the best case scenario is try, as best as you can, to forget about it until you know the truth.