Breast screening and surgery

Early diagnosis is often the key to survival.

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.

Breast lump investigation

Though 90% of lumps are benign, it’s vital to get them checked.

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Breast lump removal

Sometimes painful breast lumps need to be removed, though most are benign.

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Breast reconstruction following mastectomy

Helping you regain your original appearance as much as possible.

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Mammogram (mammography)

Low dose X-ray vital to helping detect breast cancer in its early stages.

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Removal of a breast to treat or help prevent cancer.

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Spire Dunedin Hospital provides comprehensive breast care for both benign and malignant conditions providing advice, support and treatment for women who are concerned about a lump, pain or changes to their breast as well as family history screening and a screening service for other patients at high risk of developing breast cancer.

In addition, we provide advice and reconstructive, corrective and cosmetic breast surgery for women who are unhappy with the shape and/or size of their breasts.

Supported by specialist breast care nurse Nicola McKean, the team provides the highest standard of care and support from initial consultation to diagnosis and treatments, which include a full range of surgery for benign breast disease and breast cancer including breast reconstruction.

In addition Mr Brendan Smith provides aesthetic breast surgery including:

We also offer comprehensive support programmes both pre and post diagnosis including a well-established breast support group.

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 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 to be investigated you won’t have a worrying wait for your test.

Depending on your personal circumstances, you might receive: a private consultation with an experienced consultant breast surgeon, a clinical breast examination or a mammogram, information about breast cancer risk factors and family history, genetic risk calculation, details taken about your family history, advice regarding on-going ‘breast awareness’, a personal plan for on-going screening – at intervals depending on your risk group.

You’ll have these tests in whichever of our 38 modern, well-equipped hospitals you choose at a time convenient to you. We have won many awards for the quality of our healthcare and have received high satisfaction ratings from our patients. We also offer a number of flexible payment options if you're paying for this screening yourself.

Our specialist team

Meet the consultants who lead our expert team here at Spire Dunedin Hospital.

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