Which history findings are characteristic of breast masses?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Andrew C Miller, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Palpable mass (typically unilateral)

  • Family history of breast disease (malignant or benign)

  • Early menarche (< 12 years) and obstetrical parity (nulliparity)

  • Late menopause (age >55 years)

  • Associated symptoms of pain, nipple discharge, and skin changes (eg, dimpling or inflammation, nipple inversion)

  • Length of time present, speed of growth

  • Nipple itchiness without lump (Paget disease) [13]

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