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To perform a breast self-exam for breast awareness, use a methodical approach that ensures you cover your entire breast. For instance, imagine that your breasts are divided into equal wedges, like pieces of a pie, and sweep your fingers along each piece in toward your nipple. Learn more.
Breast Care Services & Treatments
Find out more about our breast care services:
- Conditions and consultations
- Diagnosis and treatments
- Breast care specialists
- Breast care locations near you
Conditions and consultations
Our team offers care for a variety of breast issues.
Common breast care topics include:
- Breast cancer prevention. While some risk factors, such as family history, can't be changed, there are lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk.
- Breast lumps. A breast lump can be described as a mass, growth, swelling, thickness or fullness. A breast lump can vary in the way it looks and feels. Sometimes, a breast lump is a sign of breast cancer. Fortunately, however, most breast lumps result from noncancerous, or benign, conditions.
- Breastfeeding issues. Breastfeeding can present many concerns for moms, including pain, engorgement, pumping, going back to work, difficulty with latch and difficulty letting milk supply down.
Diagnosis and treatments
Our experienced healthcare team will help connect you with the breast care you need:
- Breast self-exams are one way to detect breast lumps early. Conducting regular at-home breast self-exams is a good way to get to know your breasts so that you can identify if your breasts change.
- In-office manual breast exams as part of annual wellness exams.
- Lactation specialists are available to help moms with breastfeeding questions and concerns.
- Lump assessments are conducted manually in-office and referred on for further screening if warranted.
- Mastitis, or plugged ducts, can be uncomfortable for breastfeeding mothers. Several treatments can help alleviate symptoms.
Breast care specialists
OB-GYN and Primary Care experts are most likely to provide initial care for your breast health. Together you will discuss family history and breast screening guidelines, and they will refer you to other specialties as needed.
Additional care may be provided by:
- Breast Cancer Care
- Genetic Counseling
- Mayo Clinic Store
- Physical Therapy
- Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Referrals are not required. Call the appointment number at your preferred Breast Care location to learn more.
What should I bring for my first appointment?
For your first appointment, bring your current prescription information or medical records from non-Mayo Clinic Health System facilities. Complete a medical records release form to authorize the transfer of health records from another healthcare facility to us. Visit our Medical Record Forms page for this form and other forms in multiple languages.
What are my payment options, and do you offer financial assistance?
Visit the billing page of your preferred location for information on insurance, billing and payments. We serve patients in difficult financial circumstances and offer financial assistance to those who have an established need to receive medically necessary services. Learn more about financial assistance options.
Can you provide a second opinion?
Yes — call the appointment number at your preferred breast care location.