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HEALTH Our Breasts and Lumps By Dr Amelia Stephens

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ur breasts look and feel quite different across our life-span. From our teens to our nineties they go through a lot of changes and adjustments. In these processes we may develop lumps or bumps that bring us to a point of saying ‘What is happening here?’ It can be very supportive to know more about these lumps and how they can be looked at. “I have a breast lump” This sentence is certainly a common one amongst women today, and it’s one doctors hear quite often. I wonder though, how many more are being said quietly at home in women’s heads? There is a lot of fear surrounding breast lumps and this is hardly surprising given the statistics we are faced with and the experiences we have with women around us. Knowing we have a breast lump is something that can evoke different responses. Some may see their doctor immediately for prompt opinion and management. Others may become so anxious they decide to ignore it, as dealing with the stress it brings up is not something they feel able to handle in that moment. We need to know that many women experience lumps and bumps in their breasts along their lifespan, not all leading to a cancer diagnosis – there are many other cysts and fibrous changes that can be experienced. Whilst these are not cancer, and may not lead to cancer, they are changes happening within the breast tissue so being breast aware and knowing how to approach our breast health – not just in the absence of cancer – is vitally important. As it is for the body as a whole.

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