Be breast aware
Whatever your age, size or shape it's important to take care of your breasts. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, so its important to look after your breasts by being breast aware.
Being breast aware is an important part of caring for your body. It means getting to know how your breast look and feel, so you know what is normal for you. You can feel more confident about noticing any unusual changes.
There is no right or wrong way to check your breasts. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breast regularly. You can do this in the bath or shower, when using body lotion, or when you get dressed. There's really no need to change your everyday routine. Just decide what you are comfortable with and what suits you best.
Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone.
You are not wasting anyone's time.
It is important to know that most changes are not cancer. However, the sooner a cancer is found, in the majority of cases, the more successful the treatment is likely to be. Changes to look for include:
- A change in size or shape
- A lump or thickening
- Puckering or skin dimpling
- Nipple becoming drawn or changing direction
- Bleeding or discharge from the nipple
- Rash on or around the nipple
- Sudden roughness of the skin
- Swelling under the armpit or around the collar bone
- Constant pain in one part of your breast or in your armpit
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If you are aged 50 - 74 you will be invited over the next few months to attend for breast screening. You will be invited every three years for screening.
If you can not make your appointment please call 020 8725 2723
Cervical Screening (Smear Test)
Cervical Screening is offered to all women between the ages of 25 and 64. It is not a test for diagnosing cervical cancer but a test to check the health of the cervix.
For many women the test results show everything is fine, but for one in twenty women the test shows changes in the cells. This can be caused by many things and most changes will not lead to cervical cancer.
If you are due for a cervical smear, please call our reception staff who will be happy to book an appointment for you with our Practice Nurse.
Please click here for further information.
Occasionally your result may come back as abnormal. This is the case for around one in twenty women. This change can be caused by many things and in most cases will not lead to cervical cancer.
If your result is abnormal, you may be asked to go for a colposcopy examination.
For information on Colposcopy click on the link below