Approach to the patient with a palpable breast mass

JAAPA. 2022 Oct 1;35(10):22-28. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000873772.13779.01.


Breast mass is a common finding in patients presenting to primary care, women's health, or urgent care clinics. There are multiple etiologies that can cause a palpable breast mass both benign and malignant. PAs must know how to approach a patient with a palpable breast mass as well as what appropriate diagnostic evaluation is needed.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Breast Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Breast* / diagnostic imaging
  • Breast* / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans