Breast self-examination (BSE) is an important way to detect early signs of breast cancer. Checking your breasts/chest ever months helps you become familiar with their texture, size, and shape, which makes it easier to notice any changes or abnormalities. Early detection of breast cancer can improve the chances of successful treatment and recovery, so it’s important to be proactive in monitoring your breast/chest health. If you notice any changes, such as lumps or nipple discharge, it’s important to contact your General Practitioner (GP) or healthcare provider for further assessments and tests.
It is recommended to perform this examination once a month, ideally for those who experience a montly cycle a few days after their menstrual period ends. If you are under the age of 50 NHS mammograms are not offered as a standard routine examination so it is important to check your breasts regularly. If you notice any changes or lumps, make an appointment with your GP or health care provider as soon as possible.
Mammograms are X-ray screenings that detect breast cancer before any symptoms appear. They are recommended for all women, transmen and some non-binary over the age of 50 because breast cancer risk increases with age. It is also the age when most women, transmen and some non-binary experience menopause and changes in hormone levels, which can increase the risk of breast cancer.
Regular mammograms can help detect breast cancer early, which is important because early detection often leads to better treatment outcomes. Additionally, mammograms can detect breast cancer before a lump is felt, allowing for earlier treatment and a better chance of survival.
Overall, mammograms are an essential tool for detecting breast cancer, and regular screenings are recommended for women, transmen and some non-binary over the age of 50 to increase the chances of early detection and successful treatment.
Disclaimer: Please note the information provided is advice guidance only and if you need further information speak to your GP or healthcare provider.