Breast lump investigation

At Spire Hartswood Hospital we offer a fast and sympathetic service for the investigation of breast lumps for women from Brentwood, Basildon, Billericay, Romford and all parts of Essex. Our consultant breast surgeons hold clinics every weekday and we can usually offer you an appointment within 24 hours. We are a BUPA-approved breast care unit and, if further treatment is required, we can arrange this for you without delay.

You will be in safe hands at The Hartswood.

Just call 01277 266 766 to book an appointment if you are insured or 01277 266 761 if you are self-funding your treatment.

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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