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Breast health

We share practical and important information about how to protect your breast health.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. According to Cancer Research UK, an estimated 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer n the UK every year.

Although it is rare, men can also develop breast cancer. In the UK alone, around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. 

It’s important to keep track of any changes in your breasts to detect early signs of breast cancer. If you notice any changes in your breasts, it is recommended that you contact your GP as soon as possible.

The most common changes in your breasts to look out for include:

  • Breast or armpit pain that is constant;
  • A change in your breast size or shape;
  • A change in the skin texture of your breasts;
  • A lump or thickening in your breast that feels different from your surrounding breast tissue;
  • A redness or rash on or around your nipple;
  • An inverted (pulled in) nipple or a nipple that has changed shape or position;
  • A swelling around your collarbone or in your armpit; and
  • Discharge from one or both of your nipples.

As you age, it is natural for the appearance and shape of your breasts to change. The same goes for different stages of your menstrual cycle.

If you are worried about any changes in your breast or breasts, you can speak to a GP by video today to discuss your symptoms.

Alternatively, you can call us for medical advice directly or book an appointment with one of our specialist Consultants online.

Checking for breast lumps

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at BMI The Ridgeway Hospital, Ms Anushka Chaudhry explains what you should do if you find a lump in your breasts.

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Specialists offering Breast health

Mr Ken Emmanuel

Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician

BSc (Hons), MB BS, MRCOG, MRCGP, Cert Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy

BMI The Ridgeway Hospital

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Ms Bhavna Sharma

Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician

MBBS, MRCOG, RCOG/RCR Diploma in Obstetric USS, Pg Diploma in Medical education

BMI The Blackheath Hospital

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Mr Kislaya Kumar Thakur

Consultant General Surgeon

MBBS, MS (gen surg), FRCS (glas), FRCS (gen surg).

BMI The Blackheath Hospital

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Mr Dermot Murphy

Consultant Breast Surgeon

MB, BCh, BAO, FRCSI, FRCS (Intercollegiate Gen Surg), BMin

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Maisam Fazel

Consultant Oncoplastic, Breast Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeon

MA (Cantab), MBBChir, MS, FRCS

BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Mr Montasser Mahran

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

MBBCh MSC MRCOG

BMI The Manor Hospital

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