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Breast awareness


It is vitally important for you to become breast aware.  It's knowing what appears and feels normal for you, and recognising changes at the earliest signs of an abnormality.

One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some stage of their lives.


It is important to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel, whatever your age or sex.  Your breasts may change at different times during the month, and as you get older, and it is key you can recognise if a change is abnormal for you.  Being vigilant increases your chances of identifying breast cancers, or other breast related conditions, at the earliest possible instance.


So what changes should you look out for?


  • A lump or thickening within the breast which is different to the rest of the breast tissue
  • You may observe skin changes including dimpling or puckering or a rash on or around the nipple or a discharge from one or both nipples
  • You may note that your nipple becomes inverted or changes shape or position
  • You may feel swelling under the armpit or around the collarbone
  • You may experience unusual pain in one part of the breast or armpit
  • You may find that one breast becomes larger or lower than the other


Remember the key breast awareness points:


  • know what is normal for you
  • look and feel frequently
  • know what changes to look for
  • report any changes without delay to your GP or St Joseph's breast consultant if already under our care
  • ensure that you regularly perform breast self examination 


Be proactive about breast awareness.  Contact us today to learn more or to make an appointment to see one of our specialist team.

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Aspiration of cyst under ultrasound
Biopsy breast under ultrasound
Block dissection of axillary lymph nodes (axillary clearance) levels 1-3
Breast reconstruction
Breast reduction or uplift with TiLoop mesh internal bra
Excision biopsy of breast lesion after localisation
Excision biopsy of breast lesion after localisation bilateral
Excision of breast lump/fibroadenoma
Excision of mammary fistula
Local mobilisation of glandular breast tissue to fill surgical cavity
Lymph node biopsy
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Mastectomy - radical
Mastectomy - simple
Mastectomy and immediate reconstruction of breast using extended latissimus dorsi flap
Mastectomy and immediate reconstruction of breast using latissimus dorsi
Mastectomy for gynaecomastia bilateral
Mastectomy for gynaecomastia unilateral
Microdocchectomy or mammodochectomy (Hadfields procedure)
Modified radical mastectomy
Modified radical mastectomy (including lymph node clearance)
Modified radical mastectomy (including lymph node sampling)
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Radical mastectomy (including block dissection)
Re-excision of lesion of breast if resection margins are not clear
Reconstruction of the breast using extended latissimus dorsi flap (including delayed reconstruction)
Sampling of axillary lymph nodes
Sentinel node biopsy
Sentinel node mapping and sampling with blue dye and radioactive probe for breast cancer
Subcutaneous mastectomy with immediate implant
Ultrasound breast
Wide excision of lesion of the breast
Wide local excision of breast +/- mobilisation of glandular breast
Wire localisation under x-ray control

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