Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer is most common in women aged over 50, but it can affect women who are younger.
Breast cancer is most common in women aged over 50, but it can affect women who are younger than 50. Men can also get breast cancer because all humans have breast tissue despite the shape and size of them.
We are able to diagnose 80% of breast cancer cases during routine breast examinations. If it is found early enough it can be treated simply by removing the tumour. There are several types of breast cancer and not all of them are dangerous or invasive. This can be diagnosed using a special ultrasound scan called a mammogram.
How can I reduce the risk?
A breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find breast cancer early when it’s more likely to be treated successfully.
What should I look out for?
- Unusual firm, single lump on the breast
- Dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin
- A change in the appearance of your nipple
- A rash on or around your nipple
- Redness, soreness, or swelling
- Discharge from your nipple/s
- Change in the shape or size of the breast/s
All women should examine the health of their breasts weekly so that symptoms can be found and diagnosed early.