Breast health & breast reconstruction
Breast cancer is so common in the community that many of us will know a woman who has been affected by it.
It is not surprising then that breast symptoms are so worrying. However, our breasts change enormously at different times in our lives and usually it is due to hormonal shifts and normal life changes. Of course breast symptoms should never be trivialised and any symptoms should be checked by a health professional.
Normal changes in your breasts
Breasts change a lot over a woman's life. This information will explain what normal changes are and why they have occurred.Learn more
Cysts are fluid-filled bubbles, similar to blisters, in the breast tissue. Most cysts develop rapidly and then stay the same size. A small number shrink or continue to grow.Learn more
Breast soreness is very common. It affects most women at some time in their lives. The degree of soreness, and where and how it is felt is different for each woman.Learn more
Tests for breast changes
Breast imaging or pictures are used to investigate lumps or other changes in your breast. A biopsy may also be recommended.Learn more
An open biopsy is a way of checking an entire breast lump for cancerous cells, rather than just a part of it. A core biopsy or FNA happens first, so that the specialist knows whether it is likely that the lump contains cancer.Learn more
Fibroadenomas range in size from smaller than a marble to as large as a golf ball. Most appear suddenly and stay the same size. Some shrink or continue to grow. They are affected by hormones and often change size over the menstrual cycle or in pregnancy.Learn more
Women may choose to have breast reconstruction following breast cancer surgery. Other procedures to create nipple-areola shapes on a reconstructed breast or to improve breast evenness (symmetry) are also available.Learn more
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