October is breast cancer awareness month in Australia. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, but the good news is, survival rates continue to improve! Finding breast cancer early is imperative as it gives you the best chance of beating the disease, so we wanted to talk about breast health and share a few tips from Dr Hunt we hope you find helpful.
Know Your Breasts
Knowing your breasts is key! Get familiar with how they feel throughout the month by checking them at different times, as there will be changes during your cycle. If you check them on a regular basis, you are will be aware of any subtle changes.
If you notice a change, it is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible.
It’s common for your breasts to change during the menopause and it is recommended for women over the age of 50 to have regular breast examinations. In fact, Australian women aged between 50-74 can have free mammograms every 2 years via the BreastScreen Australia program.
Breast Cancer Symptoms
In most cases, changes to your breasts are unlikely to be a result of breast cancer, but here are some of the changes you want to look out for:
- A new lump, or lumpiness particularly if it’s only in one breast
- A change in shape or size of your breasts
- Pain that doesn’t go away
- Changes to the nipple, such as redness, inversion, ulcers or crusting
- Nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
- Change to the skin, such as dimpling or redness
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If you have had breast surgery to treat breast cancer, then you may be considering breast reconstruction surgery. Reconstructive surgery is complex and must be tailored to your specific needs. The type of surgery you have – lumpectomy, mastectomy, node removal – will have a big influence on the type of reconstructive procedure you require.
Book your consultation with Dr Hunt
If reconstructive surgery is something you’re considering, Dr Hunt can thoroughly explain all the options to you and support you on your journey in a one-on-one consultation.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.