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Make Time for BREAST CARE with Dr Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito and her team

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

AUSTRALIA - Earlier this week, I finally took the plunge to have my first 3D Mammography and Breast Ultrasound done. I do not like visiting GPs, doctors, hospitals or the look of needles or the mention of the word ‘blood’. I feel queasy instantly.

Breast Pain

Mastalgia (breast pain) is commonly found in 70% of women at some stage of their life. Part of the normal function of the body, rather than a disease. Since I have been experiencing breast pain for some time now. I thought I better have my breasts checked, instead of wondering whether I have breast cancer or not.

So, it took great courage to drive to 103, Forrest Street, Cottesloe to Women’s & Breast Imaging that specialises in women’s breast care. The heritage building was changed into a women’s breast care clinic. Erin the receptionist greeted me warmly, it was surprisingly cosy, comfortable and clean – like a home with a well-kept garden.

3D Mammography

Kim, the mammographer originally from Korea was patient and understanding with my uneasiness. Coming from a traditional background, I am not used to undressing in front of a stranger, even if she is female. Kim said that she understood how I felt and asked permission for her to manage my breasts. She had to handle each breast to be compressed individually in the Genius 3D Mammography.

Naturally, if you are having breast pain due to your menstrual cycle, it is best not to have a breast mammogram done during that period. A friend shared that her best friend and her make an annual appointment to do a mammogram check together. It is like having a ladies' day out and they go out for a cuppa or meal afterwards. I suppose that will help ease the anxiety.

The benefits of having Genius 3D Mammography done for our breasts are as follows: