Breast Inspections, Examinations & Mammograms

As a highly respected breast cancer surgeon, I am committed to empowering you with knowledge about early breast cancer detection to avoid breast cancer diagnosis. There are initial signs and symptoms of breast cancer which if detected early enough, can avoid invasive breast cancer treatment. We understand the concerns and questions that may arise during this challenging time and our commitment is to guide you through each step of the process with knowledge, skill, and empathy.

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Understanding Your Body – Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

If you’ve noticed any of the following then it is critical to seek medical attention from a specialist:

  • A new lump in the breast
  • A thickening or swelling of an area of the breast
  • Irritation of breast skin
  • Redness or flaky skin around the nipple area, or
  • Pain and/or sensitivity around the nipple

While the above symptoms don’t always indicate cancer, they emphasise the need for a thorough examination to ensure your breast health.

Australia has one of the best breast cancer survival rates in the world which has been influenced by medical advancements, ongoing research investment and early detection through screening. Dr Sanjay Warrier is a firm believer that we can always improve, particularly around awareness in

Importance of Early Detection

Early detection is the key to successful breast cancer treatment.

Identifying abnormalities in their initial stages significantly improves the chances of successful intervention and recovery.

By proactively addressing any concerns through regular breast screenings, you take charge of your health and allow the option for medical intervention if required.

Breast Examinations: A Vital Step


Regular self-examinations are a simple yet powerful way to monitor your breast health. By becoming familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts, you can quickly identify any changes. While self-exams are a valuable practice, they are not a substitute for professional screenings.

Sanjay and Jue Li both encourage following a “LOOK, LIFT, FEEL” method. First you should “look” for any visual changes in the breast. Then “lift” the arms up and place the hand behind your head, focusing your attention on the breasts, the nipples, and then areola.  And then “feeling” the breast tissue and surrounding areas systematically.

Clinical Breast Examinations

Regular clinical breast examinations by a healthcare professional are essential components of preventive care. During these examinations, your healthcare provider will palpate your breasts to detect any abnormalities or changes that may require further investigation.

Mammograms: Gold Standard for Early Detection

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breast that can reveal early signs of cancer, often before symptoms manifest. It is a safe and effective screening tool that plays a central role in the early detection of breast cancer.

When should I start having mammograms?

The American Cancer Society recommends that women with an average risk of breast cancer begin annual mammograms at age 40. However, individual risk factors and family history may influence the timing and frequency of screenings.

Consult with your healthcare provider to establish a personalised screening plan tailored to your unique circumstances.

Are mammograms safe?

Mammograms are a routine and well-tolerated procedure. While some discomfort is normal, the benefits of early detection far outweigh any temporary inconvenience.

Your Next Step

Ready to take the next step in your breast cancer journey? Schedule a consultation with our team to discuss your specific case, address any concerns, and develop your personalised treatment plan. We are here to support you on the path to recovery.

Contact us today to embark on your journey to healing with confidence and comprehensive care.