Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women and 1 in 8 Australian women will have breast cancer by age 85. Currently, screening by mammograms every 2 years is recommended for women between 50-74 but is available for women as an option over 40. Younger women with a strong family history may be screened earlier using MRI.
It is recommended that all women perform self breast examination regularly and seek medical attention if they experience the following symptoms
- New lumps or thickening in the breast or under the armpits
- Sores or ulcers around the nipple
- Distortion in shape of the nipple
- Distortion or dimpling of the skin of the breast
- Swelling or redness around the breast that is non tender
Not all breast lumps, however, are cancer. There are many causes of lumps in the breast which are benign. We can offer ultrasound and on the spot pathologic diagnosis to evaluate breast lumps. Some benign breast lumps are also best treated with surgical excision.
At integrated breast health, we are able to treat breast cancer and other breast lumps using the latest breast conservation and reconstructive techniques. Our combination of breast, general and plastic and reconstructive surgery ensure that you have access to the best specialists to ensure the most optimal treatment.