Your breast heath is unique, so whether you’ve received abnormal test results from your routine mammogram, or you’re being biopsied for a lump you spotted during your monthly breast self-exam, surgery may be something to consider in your future.

Breast surgery can be performed for a myriad of reasons, from findings such as breast milk duct variances to apparent malignant tumors found in the breast. There are also preventative surgeries that can be performed if you have a history of breast cancer in your family. Your doctor will be able to determine if surgery is right for you.

The most common causes for breast surgery include abnormal mammograms, malignant tumors, and breast cancer. If you and your doctor decide on surgery, they will explain the procedure and any risks involved. Common breast surgeries include a lumpectomy (removing the breast cancer), mastectomy (removing the entire breast), and removing lymph nodes.

Often there are other treatments like radiation or chemotherapy used in addition to surgery. Your doctor will explain what solution is best for you and your diagnosis.

Remember, even if you don’t have any signs indicating the need for breast surgery, it’s important to know what choices you have.

Have questions about breast surgery? We're here for you. Call Beebe’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator at (302) 645-3630 for information about prevention, screenings, and more.