Being referred to a specialist does not mean that you have cancer. Very few people who are referred to a specialist actually have cancer. However, it is important that you are checked quickly to find out.
After performing a self-breast exam, Bonnie Brooks discovered a lump and immediately scheduled an appointment with her doctor. On September 11,she was diagnosed with Stage 3 metastatic breast cancer. Watch Bonnie's inspirational story and learn more about how she overcame breast cancer.
It is very common for breasts to be different sizes from one another. They may also feel different at different times of the month — for example, just before a period they can feel lumpy. Breast density changes as a woman ages.
Breasts are made up of four main tissue structures: fat tissue, milk ducts, glands, and connective tissue. The fat adipose tissue is subject to fluctuations in fluid volume. This can cause your breasts to swell, resulting in soreness or tenderness. Other changes in your breast tissue can also result in breast swelling.
I was told 2 weeks ago that during a routine CT scan that a Lymph node near one of my breasts was bigger than it should be. I was then told I was being referred to a breast surgeon at my local clinic. I was told this in about 3 minutes by a very abrupt consultant doing his rounds on the morning I was discharged from hospital after an overnight stay for abdominal pain and vomitting.
Lymph nodes are small clumps of immune cells that act as filters for the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system runs throughout the body like the circulatory blood system and carries fluid and cells. Figure 4.
If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. Breasts are made up of fat, supportive connective tissue and glandular tissue containing lobes. The lobes milk glands are where breast milk is made. They connect to the nipple by a network of fine tubes called milk ducts.
Lymphedema is a problem that may occur after cancer surgery when lymph nodes are removed. Lymphedema can occur months or years after treatment. But steps can be taken to help keep it from starting, and to reduce or relieve symptoms.
An important way to keep up with your breast health is to be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel, and know what changes to look for. Finding breast cancer as early as possible gives you a better chance of successful treatment. A lump or mass in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer. Such lumps are often hard and painless, though some may be painful.