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Lumpectomy & mastectomy

If you find a lump in your breast, you should see your GP to get it checked.

You may need further tests to find out whether it's benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and what treatment you might need.

If the lump needs to be removed, it might involve removing a bit of your breast, or all of your breast. Removing a bit of your breast is called a lumpectomy. Removing all of your breast is called a mastectomy.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created December 2018.

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Review key: HIBCA-57360