Early Detection Is Important by Dennis Leahy (Our Community Pharmacist)
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the Australian female population and
accounts for approximately 28 % of all cancers diagnosed in Australia. Early detection increases the likelihood of successful treatment. It is important for women to establish a regular breast examination process as part of the usual activities as well as have a mammogram every two years.
A regular breast examination could occur while dressing, or showering and is aimed at detecting
changes. This is especially significant if the changes occur in one breast only.
If any of the following changes are noticed during regular self examination you should immediately make an appointment to see your medical practitioner.
- A lump or thickening of breast tissue.
- Redness or dimpling of the breast skin.
- Discharge from or inversion of the nipple.
- Unusual or persistent pain in the breast area.
- Variation or change in shape on one breast.
Ninety percent of breast changes are NOT due to breast cancer but it is critical to seek early medical
advice and diagnosis.
* This news article is intended to heighten awareness of health information and does not suggest diagnosis or treatment. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment. The information in this news article carries absolutely no warranties at all.