This is the most common cancer in females and the second most common cause of death in the UK. The importance of screening cannot be underestimated – early detection and improved treatments have vastly improved outcomes.
About a quarter of cases occur before the age of 50 so there is a case for early screening.
Risk factors include:
• Family history
• Genetic mutations (BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53)
• Hormone replacement therapy and the combined contraceptive pill (small increase in risk)
The best screening tool is annual mammography after the age of 40, this uses x-rays to identify any suspicious breast lesions. However, we would consider both breast MRI and mammography in high risk individuals after the age of 30.
Please contact us for further information.