Breast cancer isn't always detected with the naked eye. Its early signs are often hidden within your breast tissues. Changes to your breasts that you do see may not be the result of breast cancer at all.
Finding out your breast cancer has spread can cause many different emotions, from disbelief, denial and shock to anger, fear and helplessness. These feelings are normal, but support is available to help you cope. What is secondary breast cancer?
If you're struggling to find what you need, call our Support line on 7 days a week, 8am-8pm. If you have any symptoms of breast cancer you should go to your GP. They can examine you and refer you to a specialist. Your medical team may use different tests and scans to see if you have breast cancer.
Breast cancer is often first suspected when a lump or change is found in the breast or when an abnormal area is seen on a mammogram. However, the only way to know for sure is through follow-up tests. This section describes how breast cancer is diagnosed and the factors that affect prognosis and guide treatment.
If you have symptoms of breast cancer, your GP will take a full medical history, which will include your family history. They will also perform a physical examination,st checking both your breasts as well as the lymph nodes under your arms and above your collarbone. To find out if your breast change has been caused by cancer, your GP may arrange some tests, such as a mammogram see below and biopsy.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among women. It is also difficult to diagnose. Nearly one in 10 cancers is misdiagnosed as not cancerous, meaning that a patient can lose critical treatment time.
A core needle biopsy uses a long, hollow tube to extract a sample of tissue. Here, a biopsy of a suspicious breast lump is being done. The sample is sent to a laboratory for testing. During a breast MRI, you lie on your stomach on a padded scanning table.
Back to Breast cancer in women. See your GP as soon as possible if you notice any symptoms of breast cancersuch as an unusual lump in your breast or any change in the appearance, feel or shape of your breasts. Your GP will examine you.
A mammogram is an x-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas. In a diagnostic mammogram, more x-rays are taken, providing views of the breast from multiple vantage points. A breast ultrasound is a scan that uses penetrating sound waves that do not affect or damage the tissue and cannot be heard by humans. During a breast MRI, a magnet connected to a computer transmits magnetic energy and radio waves not radiation through the breast tissue.