RM Partners has produced an educational video to help explain the causes and management of breast pain.
An issue frequently highlighted by doctors is the lack of public understanding of breast health and, in particular, breast pain. Breast clinicians are clear that breast pain as a symptom on its own is not a sign of cancer. Despite this, many patients are currently unnecessarily referred to secondary care on an urgent pathway and unduly worried about their prognosis.
We have been working alongside clinicians from both primary and secondary care to improve the process for patients being referred to hospitals with breast symptoms, and the video will help contribute to this. It explains in a clear and accessible way the causes of breast pain and the steps patients can take if they experience breast pain. The video is suitable for use by GPs and clinicians all across the pathway to help reduce unnecessary referrals and improve understanding of breast pain, as well as offering patients some reassurance.
Dr Emma Kipps, RM Partners Clinical Programmes Lead and Breast Medical Oncologist, said: ‘This fantastic educational video empowers women to manage their breast health. It reassures women that breast pain alone is not a sign of cancer and supports patients to manage breast pain without having to be seen in secondary care and suffer the understandable anxiety associated with an urgent referral.’