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At OSD Healthcare we’re delighted to be supporting the Mix 96 breast check campaign to help remind women to check their breasts every month for any signs of changes.

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and it mainly affects women – although it can also sometimes affect men too. The positive news is that if diagnosed early, breast cancer can often be treated simply and quickly with very good long-term prospects.

So the key is to keep a regular check on your breasts so you can spot any little changes quickly.

How often do I need to check them?

We suggest once a month – why not listen out for the Mix 96 reminders on the 1st of every month as an easy way to remind you!.

What am I looking for?

Anything that feels unusual – such as a small hard lump, pain or any change in the surface of the breast or nipple. As you get used to checking your breasts, you’ll get used to the feel of them and be more likely to spot if anything’s different.

What’s normal?

Everyone’s breasts are different and it’s normal for them to feel bumpy or tender from time to time, particularly around your period. Other things like contraceptives and pregnancy will affect your breasts, but it’s important to keep checking them regularly.

Should I wait for breast screening?

Breast screening is offered to women over the age of 50 on the NHS. However, younger women can also get breast cancer. One of the reasons it’s not offered to younger women is that it’s less common in young people and it’s also harder to detect because the breast tissue is denser. Recent advances such as 3D digital mammography have improved the ability to detect cancers in younger breast tissue, as well as in women with breast implants.

It’s also important to note that if you discover anything unusual about your breasts you should go to a doctor – even if you’ve previously had a breast screen that showed a negative result.

What to do if I’m worried

If you have any concerns about changes in your breasts, it’s always a good idea to see a GP or go to a Breast Clinic for advice – we run one here at OSD Healthcare. Most often, there is nothing to worry about, but if there is anything unusual you will be able to get tests quickly.

It is important to remember that breast cancers caught early are very treatable, so please don’t feel awkward or afraid to take action if you’re not sure.

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    from £400
  • Mammography 2D and 3D
    from £215
  • Breast MRI
    from £495

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