Women of all ages are being increasingly affected by breast disorders including breast cancer. Breast cancer accounts for 16% of all female cancers and is the most common invasive cancer in women worldwide. To combat this grave situation, MVRCCRI has set up a Speciality Breast Clinic that focuses on educating women on the benefits of preventive screening and self-examination of breasts.
Breast disorders may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Most breast disorders such as breast pain or tenderness, breast lumps, inverted nipples, nipple discharge or changes to the skin of the breast are benign. Breast diseases could affect women of all ages, right from adolescents to older women.
Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast begin to overgrow. These cells form a tumour that can be detected by an x-ray or even felt as a lump. The tumour is cancerous if the cells grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer affects women almost entirely, but there is a chance that men can get it too.
Some common causes of breast disorders are:
✦ Changes in the hormones during the menstrual cycle
✦ A collection of calcium deposits
✦ Skin injury, muscle or connective tissue strain, spinal conditions or an underlying condition such as chest pain or heartburn
✦ An underactive thyroid, an increase in the prolactin hormone or side effect of some medication
✦ Abnormal growth within the breast
✦ A history of breast lumps or breast cancer
✦ Dense breast tissue
✦ Oestrogen exposure
✦ Taller than average height
✦ Alcohol consumption
✦ Radiation exposure
✦ Hormone replacement therapy
We at MVRCCRI Breast Clinic constantly emphasise the importance of preventive screening for breast disorders and breast self-examination. We encourage adult women to perform breast self-examination at least once a month. Regular self-breast examinations greatly help in early detection of breast cancer.
Our expert doctors at the Clinic will familiarise you with how your breasts look and feel and what are the signs and symptoms to look out for. This will help you in alerting a healthcare professional if you notice any changes.
At MVRCCRI Breast Clinic, we are equipped with cutting edge technology and highly specialised doctors with vast experience in breast disorders and breast cancer treatment. We give you the convenience of getting all your consultation, screening and diagnostic tests including x-ray, 2D combined with 3D mammograms, breast ultrasound, biopsy and breast MRI under one roof. Our skilled technicians and staff are specially trained to serve patients with breast disorders.