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Breasts

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In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors will be concerning themselves with breasts and all matters mammary. In an effort to encourage women to bring their breasts out into the open, they’ll be taking their medical expertise to the capital and setting up drop-in clinics in the East End and West End of London – in the imposing surroundings of Shoreditch town hall, and conveniently, in a bra shop in the heart of Covent Garden.

Breast Reduction

First through the clinic’s doors is a huge pair of double ‘J’ breasts, swiftly followed by 40-year-old Alyson. After 20-years of back pain and misery from carrying around a whopping 5 kilos on her chest, she is desperate to see if Dr Harper can reduce her burden by referring her for breast reduction surgery.

Former breast cancer sufferer, Cheryl, whose breast removal and problematic reconstructive surgery left her with only one breast, also visits the clinic to see Dr Jessen. Her mastectomy is a painful reminder of a part of her life she wants to leave behind. And now, two years on, she feels ready to try reconstructive surgery again.

Jacqui seeks Dr Harper’s advice about reshaping surgery for her deflated breasts and inverted, misaligned nipples. Now approaching the menopause, Jacqui’s breasts have started to sag. However, breast reduction surgery in her thirties means that her nipples have not quite succumbed to gravity in the same way, remaining artificially high.

Deflated Breasts

Anna, whose once buoyant bosoms lost their fullness after childbirth and breast feeding, also visits Dr Harper to see if she can put some bounce back in her life. Anna has lost so much volume from her ‘C’ cup breasts that she is down to trainer-bra size. And with her dwindling chest now impinging on her relationship, she has finally been spurred into action.

On the subject of motherhood, Dr McKenna receives a visit at the Shoreditch clinic from a support group for British mothers who discuss how the long term benefits to mother and child from breastfeeding far outweigh short term discomforts. However, in Anna’s case, her breasts and her spirits are in need of an urgent lift.

Assymetric Breasts

Among the clinic’s many patients seeking breast reduction, reconstruction and reshaping, there is 22-year-old Keelie, who simply wants her breasts to be the same size. And after years of teasing and unhappiness, Keelie decides that surgery is the only option to correct her markedly mismatched asymmetric breasts. The procedure isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it’s surgery that will transform her life for the better.

Sometimes it’s simply the pursuit of bigger or more attractive breasts that can cause problems. Women seeking breast augmentation may be searching for a confidence boost, but sometimes the results leave a lot to be desired. It’s this that brings Ruth and Mina to the Covent Garden clinic in search of advice.

But it’s not just misshapen breasts that the doctors are presented with. The much-feared breast lump is also a prominent concern, which sees broadcaster Tracey Cox making a surprise visit to the Shoreditch clinic to get something off her chest. Meanwhile, Chloe visits the clinic to see if the doctors can actually remove something from her chest…a growth!

Man boobs

Unfortunately for men, women don’t have the monopoly on breast problems. In fact, having breasts at all is a big problem for a man, which is why Abdul Ahmed brings his man boobs to the clinic in the hope that they can be removed. Abdul might feel out of place attending a clinic dominated by women’s problems, but we’ll get to see the results of his consultation in Thursday’s programme, which is dedicated entirely to men.

To mark this ‘breast special’, Dr Jessen also dons a special suit (complete with fake breasts!) to show women in a London market exactly what to look for when checking their breasts for lumps. Women of the capital – there is nowhere to hide!

And don’t forget – you can watch our self-check guide about how to check your breasts by clicking here, or you can get the guide on your mobile phone by texting BOOBS to 84444…

The EB team would like to thank:

Angelica Kavouni
West London Clinic
Transform
Against Breast Cancer
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Campaign
Cancer Research UK
Playtex
Sh Women
Elaine Sassoon
Pink Wishes
Breast Chek
Carolines Campaign
Avent
Truly Scrumptious
Woman’s Own
Pregnacare
Tetbury Hospital

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i believe I have a condition called "Lipomastoa" which is basically where my nipples are really puffy, they stick out and are like a cone shape,they have been like this for a few years,i am a 17 year old boy 5"10 and weigh 9 stone, i am skinny but my nipples make me look like i have man boobs and is really embarrasing, i have to wear a vest under my t shirts, any help would be great.





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i have some acne on my chest and so on my boobs too...i am prone to the occasional pick....will it scar them badly as i know your chest is a very sensitive area???/ :/





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I've recently developed a red itchy rash inbetween my breasts. The skin there is scaly and rubs away quite easily when I scratch it. I do have quite large breasts so I thought maybe it might be some sort of fungal infection because of heat and moisture but i've tried athlete's foot treatments for about a week (twice daily)and it doesn't seem to be working. Please could someone help me out?





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Start off by keeping this area clean and try cleaning it 2-3 times a day or as much as needed. Your skin would be rubbing away easily because of sweat and friction on you skin from clothing and other parts of your body. If rash persists try an anti-fungal cream.

this is really embrassing what has happen to me i had little hairs on boobs which i should of never started shaving but i did and now both my breasts have hair on them now the whole breast some hairs are light and some might show more so i dontt know what to do i want it gone





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every one has hairs on their boobs! some are more obvious when the person has darker hair, but can still be as obvious on a fair haired person! don't worry about it! i shave the hairs on my boobs cause my hair is naturally black! - you can have laser 'surgery' to remove hair, but i'm guessing it'd be costly. and painful! hope this helps! :D xxx

Hello, I have very large areolas and it's really getting me down. It's stopped me from getting into any relationships because i'm worried about how people are going to react to them. I also have what they call 'flat nipples' and the actual colour of the areolas are very light. I was wondering if theres any sort of surgery that can reduce the size?? I know it sounds so vain but it's something thats been really bothering me for a long time. Would be great to hear back, thanks.





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Areolas are a senstive area of the breasts and im sure that if you search the internet for surgical action then theres a 95% chance you will find some information on this kind of sugery for you. And i hope you can sort this out to boost up your self-confidence, dont worry about this there are so many women with the same thing as you, going thorugh the same things as you are. Good luck!

some days i wake up and my boobs really hurt and ache ? what does this mean and is it normal?





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i am 4o years old i have a huge huge problem with my breasts for the past 25 years i used 42j or 38k in bar, my breasts has cost me my life because i used to have a lot of bad pain like chest,back,shoulder. i can not even breath verywell because of the weight and size of my breasts when i take off my bra my breasts drop to my lap to tell you that is very long and big. thank,s you

is it muscles pms or cyst in breasts have a doctor look and exam them regularly for certain diseases

What do small red spots on breasts and rash on chest mean? I have had the small rash for ages, its never bothered me and it never itches. But yesterday I came up with small red spots on my breasts and the rash has spread a bit. It still does not cause pain and the only reason im worried is because my mum commented on it, saying it could be mumps. The only difference in my day was that i used a mango body scrub in the shower which has nits in it and its quite old. Also, I have no lumps. I don't want to see a doctor and I'm only a teenager, many thanks.





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under my breasts they are red and sore i have been to the doctors and had many different creams but none work or they do clear up but as soon as i stop using the cream it just come back i've had this problem for over a year more like two i'm fed up now i also have a sore belly button could this be related





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I am 19 years old and i have a huge problem with my breasts. I am a 36 G and they cause extreme back ache as well. I have had 6 months of phisio to help my back muscles and other parts of my body and its hardly helped. My breasts sag and the nipple is at the bottom and don't seem to be the right shape for my body. I have a huge problem with my confidence and was wondering if there is any advice.





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I know that you proberly dont want to resolve to this, but i think the main thing you can do is to consider getting a breast reproduction, for a shape that suit you and this will defiantly help with the back ache as you wont have anything heavy pulling your spin forward.Good luck!

hello, i am 20 going to be 21 years old in this year 2010.but im little upset that my breast size is 34 aa or maybe even smaller.im not sure is it going to grow? offcourse i want it to growth at lease a little bit because i wear daily type bra without form so seems i dont have anything.and i dont want to wear anything to make it looks bigger because natural is always the best? so i would like to know have i still in the age of growing or ..? because im married too i have very less self esteem about this. :-( hope to hear back from you thank u





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