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What to ask your doctor about breast cancer

Men and women discussing breast cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • How can I tell if changes in my breasts are normal and not a breast cancer symptom?
  • If I have a lump, how likely is it to be cancer?
  • Am I more likely to get breast cancer than anyone else?
  • Is my family at increased risk of breast cancer?
  • How can I reduce my risk of breast cancer?
  • Will changing my diet reduce my risk of breast cancer?
  • Should I have breast screening?
  • What happens during screening?
  • Does breast screening hurt?
  • How reliable are mammograms at finding breast cancer in women of my age?
  • Can I have screening for free if I am over 73 or under 47?
  • Where is my nearest breast screening centre?
  • What happens if I am called back after breast screening?
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Updated: 8 October 2012