Breast Screening for women under 40
Although breast cancer among women under 40 is relatively low, breast symptoms should not be ignored. Detecting the cancer at an early stage helps with early treatment resulting to a far more optimistic reponse.
Since younger women have denser breast tissue, a normal breast screening (mammography) makes diagnosis difficult. Therefore, for women under the age of 40, a breast ultrasound is suggested.
At the 108 Harley Street x-ray and imaging clinic we offer you a rapid ultrasound test with results ready to be sent either to your GP or consultant on the same day.
Patients under the breast screening age of 40 have their breast screening done via an ultrasound, unless their consultant advices them otherwise.
For women 40 years and over, the ultrasound exam is done in conjunction with their mammogram as a more supportive breast screening report.
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of internal tissues and organs which is then reviewed by a consultant radiologist, who will produce a report for the consultant breast surgeon. Ultrasound scans are painless.
They are also used by a consultant radiologist during procedures like fine needle aspiration cytology.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
If you are concerned about a new lump or swelling please get in touch with your GP. Most lumps found in the breast are non-cancerous and benign but it is always best to have them checked.
The most common symptoms and signs of breast cancer you should look out for are:
- If you feel a new lump, swelling or tissue thickness either in your breast, under your armpits
- A change in the size or shape of either or both your breasts
- If the skin of your breasts starts showing signs of dimpling or puckering
- Your breast starts to look more reddish or inflamed
- Any change in the appearance of your nipples:
- Unusual fluid discharge from either of your nipples
- A sudden change in the appearance of your nipple (inverted nipple or your nipple getting sunk into your breast)
- Rash or crusting on or around your nipple
It is important to check your breasts regularly for changes. These changes may not be because of cancer but you should get them checked by your GP or a Breast Consultant.
Breast pain is not usually a sign on its own of Breast Cancer but if you do experience constant pain in your breast you should get that checked out.
Although Breast Cancer is mostly found in women, it can also occur in men. Read more about Breast Cancer in men.
Breast Screening in Young Women
Mr Simon Marsh, Consultant Breast Surgeon addresses the different imaging and diagnostic testing available to women under the age of 40. He goes on to discuss what are the factors that make the risk of breast cancer higher in young adults.
How much will it cost you?
To avail these prices, please use the code: Under40Screening, when you're booking in your appointment.
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