Breast screening and surgery

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Breast cancer is one of the major causes of early death for women.

We have the facilities and expertise to offer lump investigation and breast risk health assessment – without the worry and uncertainty of waiting.

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Is breast screening right for you?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the UK, with more than 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Clinical sources tell us that one in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their life, a fact that makes screening so important.

The good news is that the number of people dying from breast cancer is reducing sharply, due to a combination of improved treatments and earlier detection. Although the risk of breast cancer increases with age, about one in seven cancers are diagnosed in women under the age of 50.

It is generally recommended that all women should have a mammogram at regular intervals. Mammograms can help spot cancer in the breast that is too small to be seen or felt. A breast cancer genetic test and a breast health risk assessment can provide added reassurance – particularly if you have a family history of breast cancer. Recent health statistics estimate that breast screening saves 1,500 lives a year.

Why choose Spire Cheshire for breast screening?

If you decide to have breast screening with us, you’ll be cared for by dedicated professionals who understand what you’re feeling and are committed to getting the best results for you. If you’ve found a lump or noticed some breast changes we’ll arrange a consultation with a specialist breast consultant for you quickly. We have breast clinics every week to ensure you do not have to wait long to see a specialist.

Spire Cheshire Hospital offers a one-stop breast clinic where you will be seen by an experienced consultant breast surgeon and a specialised breast care nurse. At your appointment, the consultant will take your family history, offer a clinical examination and arrange any tests which may be required. Often these tests can be performed on the same day, so you have your results as quickly as possible.

We have a comprehensive digital mammography service led by specialist consultant radiologists and radiographers. Each mammogram is reviewed after your appointment, ensuring every possible opportunity is taken to identify areas of concern. The leading private health insurance company, Bupa, has accredited the hospital as a breast care centre of excellence.

What is the one stop rapid access breast service?

The rapid access breast clinic is based in the out-patients department at Spire Cheshire Hospital. The diagnostic imaging department at the hospital has the facilities for performing mammograms and ultrasound scans.

Women referred to the clinic will benefit from a consultation followed by a mammogram and ultrasound and where clinically indicated - cyst aspiration** / biopsy**. This process can normally be completed within 2 hours. Following a cyst aspiration**, pathology results can normally be obtained within 24 hours.

At Spire Cheshire Hospital we offer an enhanced breast care service. Our Breast Care Nurse Specialist works closely with the Consultant General Surgeon who is a specialist in breast surgery.

A consultant radiologist and specialist radiographer (mammographer) are present to carry out any imaging procedures that may be necessary eg digital mammography or ultrasound.

** An aspiration / biopsy may incur additional costs

How much does it cost?

The cost of the one-stop rapid access breast clinic is from £395* which is payable on the day.

* Price correct September 2017