Breast lump investigation

Spire Harpenden Hospital is a leading private hospital, based in Hertfordshire in the South East of England. The hospital caters for a wide range of patients from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, as well as from other parts of the United Kingdom and abroad. We use highly experienced and skilled consultants to carry out all our services including the investigation of breast lumps.

To learn more about breast lump investigations please read the information below:

What's involved?

Overgrowth of tissue in the breast can cause breast lumps. The vast majority are benign (ie not due to cancer). If a lump is filled with fluid, it is known as a cyst.

Breast clinics use a triple assessment system to diagnose breast lumps. There are three stages:


The surgeon will examine your breasts and armpits, pressing gently on the skin to feel for changes in texture.


Imaging may be needed to investigate inside your breast to see where the lump is. There are a number of types of imaging that could be used; for example; ultrasound or mammography


If a breast abnormality is found during the investigation a biopsy may be carried out to determine whether further treatment is required.

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