Hi Does having breast implants affect your ability to feel / find lumps and detect breast cancer in the early stages? I am concerned that by having implants it may disguise lumps that i would normally be able to detect? Please could i have advise on both 'over' and 'under' the muscle implants. Thanks
Feeling for Lumps with Breast Implants, Will I be Able to Detect Them?
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Common Question - will breast implants prevent be from detecting breast cancer lumps?
There are two kinds of breast cancer: palpable, having lumps you can feel and non-palpable, where no lump it is detected on a mammogram. The literature has actually suggested that woman with breast implants may detect palpable breast cancer earlier than woman without implants. One reason this has been suggested is because the breast implants tend to push the breast away from the body and make it easier to feel a lump. However, as always a regular breast health check-up is necessary and you should discuss any concerns you have with your primary doctor and plastic surgeon before the procedure.
Breast exams and implants
You should be able to perform self-examination of the breasts. I think at first you have to feel comfortable manipulating your own breasts and feeling what is gland and what is implant. Obviously if different lumps develop, then it should be of concern and you should see your doctor to be evaluated.