Invasive breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, and statistics show that it is on the rise, with an 11% increase in the incidence rate of cases between 1995 and 2010. One in eight women develop breast cancer during their lives. According to Cancer Research UK, over 49,500 women and almost 400 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and roughly one in five were under the age of 50.
Detection and prevention of breast cancer
The earlier that this cancer can be detected, the less invasive the resulting treatment, and the better the chance that a patient will overcome the disease. For this reason, women of any age are advised to monitor their breast health, particularly if there is a family history of breast cancer. Other factors contributing to the disease include age, reproductive history, exposure to radiation, dense breast tissue, contraception, endogenous and exogenous hormones, alcohol consumption and other lifestyle factors.
It is important to watch for any changes in breast size, feel, shape, or coloration, including rashes, nipple discharges and dimpling.
Breast screening services
If you notice any changes to one or both of your breasts or nipples, please do not hesitate to call us for a breast screening appointment. We advise that you see a GP as soon as possible, even if you have already been screened. You will see a female doctor for a consultation, a thorough breast screening, and advice on self-examination.
Urgent referrals to Specialists are available. Mammograms and ultrasounds can be arranged on the same day or, at most, within 24 hours.
The good news
The good news is that, although cases are increasing among those under 50, the survival rate in the same age group is at an all time high, largely thanks to increased awareness and preventative measures such as breast cancer screening.
- Self-examination tips: download a self-examination leaflet
- Breast lumps