Early Detection - Breast
Protect Yourself from Breast Cancer
Examine your breasts regularly and have a mammogram if you are over 40
- All women aged 25 and above (it is rare for women below this age to develop breast cancer, but still possible)
- Women with a family history of breast/ovarian cancer
- Women who test positive for BRCA1 and BRCA2, genes that have been shown to play a role in hereditary breast cancer
What are the breasts?
The breasts are made up of fat, connective tissue and glandular tissue that contains lobes. These are shown in the diagram below. The lobes are where breast milk is produced. A network of milk ducts connects the lobes to the nipple.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
Common symptoms include discharge from one nipple, unusual redness, dimpling/puckering around the breast, a lump felt in the breast or unusual pain in the breast.
Fast fact: Breast cancer is the leading type of cancer affecting women in Hong Kong, with more than 2,600 women newly-diagnosed each year.