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Be 'breast aware' - regular breast screening promotes the likelihood of early detection and treatment for breast cancer
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the UK, with more than 53,500 new cases diagnosed each year. Although the risk of breast cancer increases with age, almost half (46%) of female breast cancer cases in the UK each year are diagnosed in females aged 65 and over (2011-2013). Despite this increase, the number of people dying from breast cancer is reducing sharply. This is due to a combination of improved treatments and earlier detection.
At your initial assessment you will receive a private consultation with an experienced consultant breast surgeon, a clinical breast examination, 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' and a personal plan for on-going screening - at intervals depending on your risk group.
A mammogram involves taking X-ray images of the breast whilst they are being gently compressed. It can cause mild discomfort. Breast screening using mammograms is designed to detect breast cancer or pre-cancerous changes at an early stage, so that they can be treated more effectively.
As breast cancer is so common, it is not unusual to have a relative who has been affected. However, only a small number of cancers are thought to be due to inherited risk - less than 1 in 10 cancers are related to breast cancer genes. The change of cancer genes being present depends on the number and closeness of affected relatives - as well as their age at diagnosis. Advanced computer programmes are available which can estimate the risk of carrying one of these genes.
Your consultant will contact you by letter soon after your consultation with your results. If an abnormality is detected, you may need to undergo further investigations. These could include further mammographic views, an ultrasound examination of the breasts and a tissue biopsy - all of which are available at Spire Norwich Hospital. All mammograms will be reported by specialist Consultant Breast Radiologists who also work in the NHS Breast Screening Programme.
We have a leading reputation for the high quality clinical care, a network of 39 immaculate, modern hospitals and world-class specialists who all want the same thing – to help you live your life to the fullest.
A price for this treatment is available on enquiry. You can trust Spire Norwich Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price* so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner you can even be considered for interest free finance. We’re here to help you with making these important choices, so you’re then free to concentrate on your treatment and on getting back to being you.
Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.
The private breast screening service is open to all. Please contact our private patient advisors on 01603 255614 ormake an enquiry