The Breast Health Check offered by Pulse Health Screening provides a helpful way to assess your risk of breast cancer. It also includes training on how to check your breasts for abnormalities and gives diet and lifestyle advice that may help to reduce your risk.
The Breast Health Check takes approximately one hour and consists of the following:
Breast cancer rates are rising in the UK, now affecting one in eight women. It is most prevalent in women over 60 but increasing numbers of younger women in their 30s and 40s are being diagnosed. The earlier an abnormality in the breast is found, such as a lump, inflammation or thickening of the breast tissue, the easier it is to treat successfully, even if it is a benign condition. On average, it can take 10 years before a breast tumour reaches a large enough size to be detected. Understanding the risk factors that encourage the cancer cells to grow could make all the difference.
Breast Health Profile Booklet
At the end of the health assessment, the nurse consultant gives appropriate diet and lifestyle advice which may help reduce breast cancer risk. This is given in a booklet and also includes a record of the results from the appointment.
For information on how to book a Breast Health Check, click here.
This is a vital part of the assessment as it allows the nurse consultant to identify
current or potential areas which may increase breast cancer risk. To save time at
your assessment, you can download and print out the Breast Health questionnaire,
then fill it out and have ready for your appointment. To download, click on the link
Checking your weight and height will determine Body Mass Index (BMI). This is a scoring
system used by the medical profession to ascertain if someone is underweight, overweight
or obese for their height. Being overweight or obese increases breast cancer risk.
Body Composition Percentage
The Body Composition Monitor is a medical device which measures the percentages of
fat, water and muscle in your body. Too much fat over muscle, or too little water
in the body can all have a detrimental effect on health. Knowing these percentages
can help the nurse to give the most appropriate diet and lifestyle advice.
Personal Breast Examination Tutorial
You are shown how to perform a breast examination by practising on a synthetic model
of a breast with five types of breast lumps embedded within. By knowing what a breast
lump feels like, you are more likely to discover one yourself.
Visual Inspection Video
This short video shows a woman performing a visual inspection of her breasts in a
mirror which teaches the signs every woman should be looking for when performing
their own examination. For future reference, you will have exclusive access to the
video clip online after your appointment.