Breast Examinations and Tests in Tokyo, Japan

There I was, minding my own business in the shower and doing my usual breast check when, suddenly, what I dreaded happened: I felt a LUMP. A freakin’ lump. When I was out of the shower, I was shivering but surely not because of the cold in this sweltering summer heat. So I went out to dry myself and hit my phone for the nearest breast clinic that does breast examinations and tests in Tokyo.

I felt a LUMP. A freakin’ lump.

 

Monthly Breast Exams

Honestly, these are one of the things that I brush off to the back of my mind, not unless I remember. However, the National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends us to check our breast once a month, quoting that about 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by feeling for a lump. This is specially applicable for us under 50 years old when mammograms, a test that detects breast cancer early, has limited benefits and does more harm than good. If you are above the age of 50, doing mammograms yearly is advised.

40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by feeling for a lump. – nationalbreastcancer.org

 

Local Programs for Cancer Screening

If you are within the recommended age, your ward area might have a program for cancer screenings and send you a subsidized screening set. Best to check for this program in your ward office. I received my screening set from Setagaya Ward for cervical cancer (covers 20-40 years old) on my second year here in Japan but everything is in Japanese. I must remind myself to go through this over the weekend and check for English speaking clinics. Will write a separate post for that.

 

Breast Clinics in Tokyo

If you are in a city center such as Tokyo, it would be relatively easier since many expats live here. If you live outside of the city centers, best to check out the expat community in the area where you live and see if they have recommendations.

Luckily, I am in Tokyo and a quick google search gave me the following lists of Breast Clinics that welcome English-speakers:

 

Jiyugaoka Miki Breast Clinic – 自由が丘みきブレストクリニック

Doctor: Miki Mori, M.D., Ph.D.
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Last admission at 16:30 )
Closed: Sunday, National holidays
With online appointment form (in English).

I actually went here today, given that the location is convenient for me, the doctor is female and speaks English fluently, they take National Health Insurance, and the receptionists speak English, too. It took me less than 30 minutes to get through registration, palpitation, and ultrasound given that I was the first patient of the day. Since I have NHI and some symptoms, the entire test was only about 2000 yen (as of writing).

 

Sakurashinmachi Hamaoka Breast Clinic

Doctor: Tsuyoshi Hamaoka, M. D., Ph. D.
Closed days: Thursday · Saturday afternoon · Sunday · holiday
With online appointment form (in Japanese).

 

Murasaki Breast Clinic

Doctor: Dr. Murasaki Ikeda, Dr. Sayuka Nakayama (Mondays)
Hours: 9:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00, 17:00-20:00
Closed: Friday, Sunday, Holidays
With online appointment form (in English).

 

Tokyo Midtown Clinic

Checkup hours exclusively for women: Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (2:30~4:30PM
Please call to make an appointment. 03-5413-0081 9:00-17:00 (Weekdays)

 

Kameda Kyobashi Clinic

Hours : 8:30-17:00
TEL:(81) 3-3527-9100
Open Hours : Closed on Sundays, National Holidays
Please call to make an appointment.

 

The Results

For the Jiyugaoka Miki Breast Clinic, I got my result after the Ultrasound. Since there were no abnormalities aside from multiple cysts, I have to continue to know my breasts and check if it becomes bigger or looks abnormal. If it does, I will have to go back again. Hopefully not.

 

How about you? Have you done your monthly check? Do you have clinic recommendations? Message us below! Best of luck!

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