Breast cancer diagnosis
If you have symptoms of breast cancer, your GP will take a full medical history, which will include your family history. They will also perform a physical examination, checking both your breasts as well as the lymph nodes under your arms and above your collarbone.
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|For an overview of what to expect during all stages of your cancer care, visit the Cancer Pathways Breast Cancer page. This is a short guide to what is recommended, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.|
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