BMI Healthcare offer specialised breast screening at our breast clinic locations. Changes in the breast are absolutely normal and are often associated with either development or ageing. However, if you are worried about any changes that you don’t consider normal, you should report them to a healthcare professional.
Keeping check of your breasts and breast screening
We recommend that you check your breasts a few days after your period as lumps can occur in your breasts during your monthly menstrual cycle and this is usually completely normal. Essentially, what you’re looking for are any lumps or swellings, particularly if one breast feels different to the other. Remember, it’s always important to speak to your GP if you notice a change. Our specialist breast clinics offer professional breast screening and we are happy to advise.1
Besides a lump or swelling, other changes in your breast might be:
- Skin irritation or dimpling
- Nipple pain or retraction (turning inward)
- Redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin
- A discharge other than milk
How BMI Healthcare Breast Clinics can help
Our helpline advisors are able to make a breast screening appointment for you to discuss any concerns with a consultant breast surgeon. Our breast clinic consultant may recommend one of a number of tests that can be used to help diagnose the cause of a lump in the breast.
You can request a GP referral for a routine mammogram or breast ultrasound scan yourself, provided you are over 40 years old and have not had a mammogram performed in the past twelve months. Women should have a mammogram at least every three years because it can help to detect breast cancer at a very early stage, which could improve the chance of recovery.
We recommend that you check your breasts a few days after your period.
1 - Cancer Research UK, www.cancerresearchuk.org