Getting a Second Opinion

Any time a women is concerned that her health care provider is not addressing her breast symptoms (suspected lump, unusual breast pain, nipple discharge, inflammation, change in shape of the breast or nipple, or common breast conditions; pain, lumps, other conditions such as Pagets) a second opinion by a provider with an interest in breast care issues should be obtained.

Ideally, the second opinion should be performed by a provider who is closely affiliated with a breast imaging center so that appropriate breast imaging can be integrated into the second opinion process. Even if the second opinion provider agrees with the impression of the first provider, a woman should remain on the alert. If there is clear evidence that there is progression of the area of concern it should be again brought to the attention of a qualified provider.