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My mum is fighting breast cancer – is there anything I need to do?

Doctor KarenBy Dr. Karen Palmer
My mum is fighting breast cancer – is there anything I need to do?

Dear Karen

I am 35 and my mum (59) is fighting breast cancer. Is there anything I need to do?

KAREN SAYS: Certain women are at higher risk because of their family history, ie; if a female relative in your immediate family develops breast cancer before 40, if a male relative in your immediate family develops breast cancer at any stage, if two family members develop it at any age, if there is one relative with breast and one with ovarian cancer at any age. If your mum was diagnosed before she was 40, your GP will refer you into secondary services for screening.

Examine yourself monthly after your period to be breast aware. Follow the breast awareness code:

1. Know what is normal for you;

2. Know what changes to look and feel for;

3. Look and feel for changes;

4. Talk to your GP if you spot any changes; 5. Go for routine breast screening after the age of 50.

 

Dear Karen

Our son has just started in the crèche and my husband and I are working. He has been started on an antibiotic for a throat infection by his GP. When can he go back into the crèche?

KAREN SAYS: He is not well enough for crèche if he has a temperature. If he is feeling miserable, he really needs to be at home where he can relax and recover. Paracetamol, ibuprofen, fluids and rest will help your son get better.

Children in crèches pick up infections and  there are crèche restrictions when your child is sick. You need to keep your child at home for as long as necessary and then you need to get back to work as soon as you can.