Breast Disease & Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer ScreeningThe majority of women who have a breast lump or pain do not have cancer. The breast is a dynamic gland which changes with the menstrual cycle. It is difficult for a patient to decide whether changes in the breast are normal or abnormal and therefore it is advisable for a woman to get any change in the breast checked by a suitably experienced doctor. The majority of breast problems are associated with benign changes in the breast. The majority of women seen in a breast clinic have one of the following benign (non – cancerous) conditions. 

 

  • Infections and inflammation..
  • Congenital disorders.
  • Benign changes of the breast. (cyclical nodularity, breast cysts, fibroadenomata (benign lumps), Male breast enlargement, nipple discharge.
  • Hormonal induced changes (Fibrocystic disease) .
  • Pregnancy and post pregnancy.

 

Even though most breast problems arise from benign disease, women are acutely aware of the risk of breast cancer are worried about this. Breast cancer is the commonest malignant diseases amongst women. Therefore to exclude this, any unexpected or abnormal change in the breast should be checked by an experienced breast clinician and if necessary investigated in order to ensure that significant disease is not overlooked.

 

 

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