Breast Cancer Among Lesbians
a. Testing & Check Ups
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, affecting one in eight women who live to the age of 80. The disease forms when breast cells mutate and multiply uncontrollably, forming a tumour. If untreated, cancerous cells may spread to other parts of the body.
Women who have a family history of breast cancer, who are obese, who have a sedentary lifestyle, who drink heavily, or who have dense breasts have a higher risk of the disease.
A lump, mass and change in the feel or position of the breast are among the most common symptoms of breast cancer. Other symptoms include:
- Swelling, redness or inflammation
- Changes in the nipple
- Nipple discharge
- Pain in the breast
- Itchy or irritated breasts
- Changes in colour
- Peeling or flaky skin
Tools and tests used to diagnose breast cancer include:
- Lab tests, including advanced genomic testing
- Imaging tests, including ultrasound and mammography
Common treatments for breast cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.
At the Queer Wellness Centre, we recommend a yearly health check which also encompasses a breast exam by your doctor. In addition, we encourage you to examine your breasts every month to look for sign of anything wrong.
b. Referral and treatment
QWC will be able to refer you to a specialist should the results come back as positive. We are also able to provide psychological support and any other supportive medical needs.