Women's Health Checks

Many people in Australia worry about breast cancer - with good reason! In Australia, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer by age 85. Women should get their breasts checked annually by a doctor and perform a self breast examination monthly.

Risk factors for breast cancer include:

  • A family history of breast cancer
  • A past history of breast cancer
  • Being overweight and lack of exercise
  • Lack of breast feeding
  • Early onset menstruation and/ or late onset  menopause
  • Ashkenazi Jews

During a breast check, we will examine for breast lumps, changes in your breast consistency and assess for lymph nodes. A lump could be a sign of breast cancer and needs to be checked immediately. You will be referred for an ultrasound and/ or mammogram should Dr Jacobs be concerned.

 

Cervical Cancer is preventable and around 10% of Pap smears will be abnormal! A Pap smear every 2 years can detect early changes that can be treated before cancer develops.

Risk factors include:

  • Multiple sexual partners
  • HPV infection
  • Not using condoms
  • Changes on a Pap Smear or previous abnormal Pap Smear

During a Pap Smear the doctor will examine you and take a sample of the cervix which is sent to the lab for testing.
You will get results within a week which will be discussed in detail with you. Dr Jacobs will refer you if necessary to a gynaecologist.