During your appointment, the GP will examine you, ask you questions about your symptoms, & evaluate whether there is cause for you to have further screening. She may recommend a mammogram, ultrasound, or biopsy if you have a suspicious lump. If the doctor thinks that further investigation is warranted, she will be able to refer you to the most appropriate specialist. Any referrals you require are included in the price of your consultation.
Symptoms that commonly affect the breasts include pain, lumps, bumps, & changes in tissue or skin texture. Breast tissue changes throughout the menstrual cycle, so it is not always easy to monitor your breast health. It is recommended that you perform regular self-examinations in order to underst& what is normal for your breasts, which means paying attention to the way your breasts both look & feel.
Important breast symptoms to look out for:
• Lumps or swelling in the breasts, the axilla (armpits), or surrounding areas
• Thickening of breast tissue, or an area that feels denser than usual, or different to the rest of the breast
• Changes in the size or shape of the breasts, or one seeming larger than the other
• Puckering of the breast skin (where the surface resembles an orange peel), dimpling, or depressions in the skin surface
• Changes in the size, shape, or colour of the nipple
• Rash on or around the nipple
• Nipple discharge
If you notice any of the above, or are concerned about your breast health for any other reason, please come in to speak to a doctor at your earliest convenience. It is important to get anything unusual checked out as soon as possible, whether or not you are experiencing any other symptoms. With breast lumps & changes, it is quite likely that you will feel entirely well in every other way, so do not take how well you feel as an indicator of when it’s time to get checked out.
Many of the symptoms of breast cancer can have causes other than cancer, such as benign cysts, hormonal changes, & your menstrual cycle. This means that often, your breast symptoms are nothing to worry about. Nonetheless, it is vital that you get anything out of the ordinary checked out by a doctor, & make sure that your symptoms do not have a serious underlying cause.