Found something unusual?

What happens if during your monthly boob check, you notice something that isn’t quite normal for you? Well the most important thing is that you go and get it off your chest and call your doctor.

Contacting your GP during the pandemic

If you are worried about an unusual change in your boobs or pecs during this period, the NHS still wants to hear from you. GP surgeries are open and ready to take your call. 

Dr Beth Lynch, a member of our Medical Advisory Group and a GP in Liverpool, is here to reassure you that it is still important to get checked out…

CoppaFeel! – Dr Beth: Why contacting your GP is still important from CoppaFeel! on Vimeo.

Steps to contacting your GP:

 

  • Call your surgery to book a phone appointment with a GP, do not visit in person.
  • Write down all your concerns and make sure you share all relevant information with them about your situation. Whilst services are very busy, GP surgeries will prioritise those people most in need.
  • Your GP will then arrange a telephone or video call with you to discuss your symptoms and inform you of the necessary next steps.
  • GPs are still encouraged to refer people for more tests where necessary, so be rest assured they will be able to take this action if they feel it is needed.

In the meantime, Breast Cancer Now also run a brilliant helpline manned by trained breast care nurses who may be able to answer any other questions you may have.

What to expect when you contact your GP

The first time contacting your doctor about a change in your boobs? We can guarantee they have seen/heard it all before and there are lots of reasons why changes may occur in your boobs (many of them are perfectly natural) so there is no need to worry – just book a phone appointment and watch our video below for an idea of the questions you will be asked. Please bear in mind due to the current situation with COVID-19, services will operate slightly differently in your areas.

CoppaFeel! – What to expect when you visit your GP from CoppaFeel! on Vimeo.

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What happens if you are referred to a breast clinic

If your doctor decides they would like a breast specialist to see you too, then you may be referred on an urgent or non-urgent referral. Dr Nadine Singh explains what may happen at your appointment. Please bear in mind due to the current situation with COVID-19, services will operate slightly differently. Contact your local breast clinic for more information.

CoppaFeel! – What happens if your GP refers you to a breast clinic? from CoppaFeel! on Vimeo.

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