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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 Kislaya Kumar Thakur

Consultant General Surgeon

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

BMI The Blackheath Hospital

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Ms Emma de Sousa

Consultant Oncoplastic and Cosmetic Breast Surgeon

BM, BCh (Oxon), MA (Oxon), DM (Oxon), FRCS (Eng)

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Ako Nnochiri

Consultant Gynaecologist


BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Sumohan Chatterjee

Consultant Reconstructive Breast Surgeon

MBBS FRCS (CSIG London) FRCS (Gen Surg Intercollegiate)

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Douglas Macmillan

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon


BMI The Park Hospital 1 more BMI The Lincoln Hospital

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Miss Shohreh Beski

Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician


BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more BMI Syon Clinic

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