Recommendations

If you are in the population risk group for breast cancer


Look after and examine your breasts – preferably according to the following recommendations*:

Observe your breasts

You know them best. Look at your breasts as often as possible. Examine for any small changes, such as thickening, puckering, or skin reddening. If you see them, visit a specialist physician immediately. The sooner the better!

Every month

Palpate your breasts

Check your breasts using your hands. This is very simple. Sit or lie down, then slowly move your fingertips over each breast, thoroughly examining each part of the breast.

Pay special attention to:

  • breast symmetry,

  • appearance of the skin,

  • appearance of the nipple and its surrounding area, and

  • and lymph nodes in the armpit area and above and below your clavicle (check for any thickening in these areas).

Palpation should be performed between days 5 and 10 of the menstrual cycle. If you use oral contraceptives, perform the examination “in between pills”.

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Every 12 months

Have your breasts examined by a doctor

Palpation performed by a gynecologist is a more professional version of the examination that you should perform regularly at home. The doctor performs it in two stages. First, the doctor examines the breasts carefully, searching for alarming changes in shape or skin color. Then, the doctor palpates the breasts and regional lymph nodes.

Breast ultrasound

Breast ultrasounds allow for rapid detection of changes that may lead to tumor development. The examination is recommended in the case of various thickenings, skin puckering, non-typical nipple discharge, changes in the nipples, or lumps in the armpits. The examination is harmless and painless. Doctors recommend performing it in the first half of the menstrual cycle.

Gynecological examination

Gynecological examinations performed once a year allow for early detection of cervical cancer. Pap tests and breast examinations performed by a doctor are highly effective at detecting early stages of breast and cervical cancer.

Every 24 months

Mammography

Prophylactic examination for women over 50 years of age without any alarming symptoms. Mammography is a better examination in this age group due to the fatty breast structure in older women. In many countries, women aged 50–69 are covered by a public program for breast cancer prophylaxis, with mammography performed once every two years.

Every 36 months

Pap test

A pap test consists of a microscopic examination of epithelium cells covering a part of the cervix. It allows for early detection of precancerous conditions, and thus prevents the development of cervical cancer. Pap tests also allow for the detection of genital tract infections as well as cells that may transform into dangerous cancer cells in the future.

*Source:

1. Krzakowski M., Warzocha K., Onkologia w Praktyce Klinicznej. Zalecenia postępowania diagnostyczno-terapeutycznego w nowotworach złośliwych [Oncology in Clinical Practice. Recommendations for diagnostic procedure and treatment of malignant tumors], Volume I, Via Medica, Gdańsk, 2013.

2. Jassem J., Krzakowski M., Rak piersi. Praktyczny przewodnik dla lekarzy [Breast Cancer. Practical guide for physicians], 2nd edition, Via Medica, Gdańsk, 2014.

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