Do you have symptoms?
There can be many reasons for changes in the breast. Most of them are harmless but all of them need to be checked as there is a small chance they could be the first sign of cancer.
Remember, you are not wasting anyone's time. If there is a cancer present, the sooner it is reported, the more simple treatment is likely to be.
What to look out for
- Any lumps, thickening, or bumpy areas in the breast or armpit that are different from normal.
- Any change in the outline or shape of the breast. Any puckering or dimpling in the skin.
Changes in nipples
- Nipple discharge that is new for you and not milky. Bleeding or reddish areas that don’t heal easily. Any change in the position of the nipple – pulled in or pointing differently. A rash on or around the nipple.
- Discomfort or pain that is different from normal, particularly if you have not had it before and it will not go away.
Can I still be screened?
Breast screening is aimed at women without symptoms of breast cancer and it may not be the most appropriate test for you. If you are worried about a breast problem you should not wait to be screened. You should talk to your doctor who may refer you to a hospital breast clinic where they offer a range of tests.
However, if you already have an appointment with us, we will screen you. Please tell the radiographer about your symptoms.