Found Something Unusual?
Have you noticed an unusual change in your breasts? Don’t panic! Check out our information below on what to do next.
Noticed an unusual change in your breasts? No need to panic. Our bodies change, and if you’ve noticed a change, it’s a good sign that you know your body! There are lots of reasons why you might have changes to your breasts. Most changes are natural and harmless. 9 out of 10 people who are referred to the breast clinic are not given a cancer diagnosis. However, if you are concerned about a change to your breasts, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
"If you're concerned about a change, make a doctor's appointment as soon as possible. There's no need to panic or feel embarrassed."
Your doctor will probably want to examine your breast tissue, which might include the area under your armpits and up to your collarbone too. You might find it helpful to wear loose clothing or a separate top and bottoms.
It can feel embarrassing to talk to your doctor about your breasts, but they have seen it all before! Here are our tips for your doctor appointment:
If your doctor decides to refer you to the breast clinic, they can do so with an urgent or non-urgent referral. Urgent referrals are also called Two Week Wait referrals, because your appointment at the breast clinic will be within 2 weeks. Non-urgent referrals can take between 4-6 weeks. Your doctor might decide to refer you with a Two Week Wait referral, to make sure you are seen quickly. This does not mean your doctor thinks you have breast cancer.