The BBCC will provide an advocate to accompany patients to surgical and oncology consultations, second opinions and to radiology appointments when a patient has been called back for additional films or other testing. This service offers a 2nd "pair of ears" to help process information, ask questions and provide objective support.
This service is also available to those going for follow-up mammographies or second opinions.
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This information is intended for your convenience to take with you to your breast health appointments. Many people feel intimidated in the doctor's office - they're not sure what questions to ask, or forget their questions when they are ready to ask them. This sheet will remind you of important questions to ask, so that you won't have to rely on your memory. Be sure to bring a pen with you. Writing down the answers to your questions means you can reread and think about them when you are at home.
CLICK HERE for a comprehensive quiz and list of questions to ask your doctor.
It is important that you know your own body structure, and what it is "supposed" to look like.
Most women will discover a lump by performing a self exam. A "lump" does not necessarily mean cancer. 80% of lumps found are benign, but they need to be checked out by a qualified breast surgeon or radiologist.
If you are pre-menopausal, you should exam yourself 5 - 7 days after the first day of menstruation. Your breasts and hormones are on an "even keel" and any swelling or tenderness should have subsided.
If you no longer are having a menstrual cycle, choose a day of the month that is easy to remember, i.e. birthday, anniversary, first/last day of the month, etc.