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Facts on Breast Diseases and Cancer

What is this pain in my breast?

Breast pain can come from hormonal changes and other non-cancer causes. Breast pain often also accompanies Inflamatory Breast Cancers. Hence, breast pain should not be ignored

What is breast screening?

Breast screening is a method of detecting breast cancer at a very early stage. This involves taking an x-ray, called a mammogram, of each breast. This is done carefully and involves compressing the breast. Most women find it a bit uncomfortable and a few may find it painful. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor

Where can I get Breast Screening done in Abu Dhabi, UAE?

Several public and private institutions under the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) conduct Breast screening programs. These include: (a) The Mother and Child Health (MCH) (b) Public hospitals such as Al Mafraq and Sh. Khalifa (SKMC). Breast screening is also offered in specialized breast clinics in private hospitals such as the Lifeline Hospital - Specialist Breast Clinic, Al Noor and NMC.

What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)?

IBC is one of the more aggressive forms of breast cancer. IBC usually grows in nests or sheets in the breast, as against a a solid tumor

What are the symptoms of IBC

Some of the symptoms include a rapid or unusual increase in breast size. There may be redness, a rash, or changes to skin color. Persistent itching of breast or nipple or a lump or thickening of breast tissue are other indications to look for. Some indications include a stabbing pain or soreness of the breast. A feverish breast, swelling of lymph nodes under the arm or above the collar bone, dimpling or ridging of breast also need very active investigations. Nipple flattening or retracting, Nipple discharge or change in pigmented area around nipple complex too may be presentations of IBC..

Do you need to have a lump in the breast to have breast cancer?

No. Inflamatory Breast Cancer manifests in the dermal lymphatic system - where there is often no breast lump. The cancer cells clog up the lymphatic vessels just below the skin. This gives the classic symptoms of color changes and warmth to the skin.