Breast Specialist Melbourne
When should I see a breast specialist in Melbourne?
Noticing any changes in your breasts can be alarming. Despite that, nine out of ten changes in breast tissue can be normal (on average) as many women experience fluctuations in shape, size and texture of their breasts, during different stages of their menstrual cycle.
These changes can also occur during different stages of life, such as puberty or menopause, so it is crucial to familiarise yourself with how your breasts look and feel normally to ensure you can be privy to any early signs for worry.
In the situation that you do find a lump or abnormality in your breasts, it is crucial to trust your instincts and seek professional advice from a breast specialist as soon as possible.
To learn more about normal vs. abnormal changes in breast tissue, read our summary below.
Understanding screening methods.
Performing a manual breast check yourself or your partner is the best way to keep tabs on any changes in your breasts. Breast checks can also be performed by your GP, who will be able to organise subsequent scans and tests as needed. Manual breast exams are an effective first step for breast awareness, but they should not be used in isolation. MRI, mammogram or ultrasound scans are more accurate forms of breast screening methods, and should be sought out if you or your doctor detect any signs of concern.
Normal versus abnormal changes
Changes in size, shape and sensation can be very normal for women to notice before, during or after their menstrual cycle. Pain, tenderness or sensitivity and even lumpier feeling breasts are normal, as there tends to be more water in breast tissue during this time. Usually these symptoms will subside after a period has finished. But it can be cause for concern if those symptoms persist, or if they occur only in one breast.
Breast tissue and pregnancy
Changes in breasts during pregnancy, typically toward the end of carrying term are common as the glands are preparing to produce milk. Sometimes this can result in an infection called Mastitis, which can cause symptoms like itchiness, redness or tenderness. This infection can be treated with antibiotics, but should still be attended to by a Melobourne breast specialist who will perform the appropriate scans to ensure there is no underlying disease.
Menopause is a hormonal process within the body that can cause your breasts to feel more tender and affect the density of your breast tissue. By this age women are eligible for breast screens every 2 years, which is a recommended precaution to keep up with.
Hormonal medication side effects
As with periods and menopause, changes in hormones have the potential to affect breast tissue. Most hormonal medication including birth control bills can affect breast tissue and also make mammograms harder to interpret.<.h2>
Breast changes of concern.
- Hardened areas or lumps in your breasts and underarms
- Changes in nipple size or colour, or onset of nipple discharge
- Redness rashes or irritation not caused directly by something external such as clothing or an allergy.
- Dimpled, scaly or puckered skin or nipples
If you or someone you know is concerned about a change in your breasts seek out a breast specialist immediately.