It is important that every woman is breast aware. This means knowing what is normal for you so that if any unusual change occurs, you will recognise it. The sooner you notice a change the better, because if cancer is found early, treatment is more likely to be successful.
The 5 point breast awareness code;
If you do notice any change in your breasts, see your GP as soon as possible. Remember that most breast changes are not cancer and are harmless. When your GP examines your breasts she or he may be able to reassure you that there is nothing to worry about. If the change could be connected with your hormones, your GP may ask you to come back at a different stage in your menstrual cycle. Alternatively, you may be sent to a breast clinic for a more detailed examination
At the D2 medical we recommend that women examine their own breasts at least monthly and become breast aware. They should request a breast examination six monthly to get an objective assessment. Between the ages of 50 and 64 we support women getting a mammogram every 2 years at the request of their local breast check service.
The term menopause means last menstrual bleed. During the menopause the production of the female hormone oestrogen declines. The menopause can cause a range of symptoms, including hot flushes and night sweats, tiredness, difficulty sleeping, headaches, vaginal discomfort and a range of emotional symptoms. These symptoms vary from woman to woman but can be treated and will eventually pass.
However, women can now be expected to live well into their eighties. Hand in hand with this increase in life expectancy comes a number of potential health risks that can serious affect women in the years after the menopause.