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Worried about a change in your breast? Wondering what could increase the risk of breast cancer? Want to know more about screening? Around a quarter of the calls to our Helpline are questions about breast health concerns.
Use the links below to find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
- When can I have breast screening?
- What will happen when I go for breast screening?
- Can I ask for a mammogram?
- I've had my breasts enlarged with silicone implants. Can I have a mammogram?
Signs and symptoms
- Why do my breasts feel tender and painful?
- I've noticed a discharge from my nipple. Should I see my doctor?
- I've found a lump in my breast. Should I see my doctor?
- I've been referred to the breast clinic. What will happen now?
- My son has a painful, swollen breast. What is it?
- Does wearing an underwired bra increase your risk of breast cancer?
- Does stress cause breast cancer?
- Can an injury to the breasts cause breast cancer?
- Does breastfeeding lower my risk of breast cancer?
- Is there a link between HRT and breast cancer risk?
- Will taking the contraceptive pill increase my risk of breast cancer?
- Do deodorants and antiperspirants cause breast cancer?
- Does drinking warm bottled water increase the risk of breast cancer?
Listen to a discussion of these questions with one of our nurses
- I've got a family history of breast cancer. How can I find out if it means I'm more at risk?
- Can I get a genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer?
- Does being of Ashkenazi Jewish descent increase my risk of breast cancer?
- My mum has breast cancer. Am I at risk?
Content last reviewed August 2014; next planned review 2016