Slightest change can be a signal

09 October 2019

While on holiday, Dana Allen developed an infection on her right breast so she went to a breast clinic to get some medication that would clear it up.

When a routine mammogram was carried out at the clinic, it was discovered that she had a cancerous tumour right at the back of her breast.

Dana was then referred to Consultant Breast Surgeon Mr Duraisamy Ravichandran at Spire Harpenden Hospital.  He surgically removed the tumour before she underwent courses in chemotherapy and radiotherapy under the care of Consultant Oncologist Dr Anup Vinayan. She finished her treatment in January 2019.

 “I went through a lot of good and bad times throughout my treatments but I was supported and sustained by my faith in God and my lovely and amazing family and friends,” said Dana. 

Now she is encouraging other women to carry out self-checks of their breasts on a regular basis and not to be shy if they spot something that ‘doesn’t seem right’.

“Be aware of your body. Even the slightest change may be signalling something. Early treatment is so important when it comes to treatment results, so don’t delay in visiting your GP,” she said.

If you're worried about a change in your breasts, speak to your GP as soon as possible. We have a fantastic team here at Spire Harpenden Hospital who are on hand to look after you at every stage of your journey. Call our self-pay team today if you'd like to book in to our rapid access breast clinic on 01582 788 412.

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