The Breast Centre provides routine breast screening to all women
aged 50-70 who are registered with a GP in the area.
We are also part of the age expansion trial - offering some
appointments to women aged 47-74.
We also run a symptomatic service for women and men who are
referred by their GP.
A mammogram is a special X-ray taken while compressing the
breast gently but firmly in the X-ray machine (compression is
necessary to keep the breast still, and to get the clearest picture
with the lowest amount of radiation).
A mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may
indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the
patient herself or by a doctor.
The examination is performed by a female radiographer, or in
some breast screening services, a female assistant
Mammograms are read by a radiologist specialising in breast
imaging or by a film-reading radiographer.
All films are read by two people.
The programme aims to issue results within two weeks.
If any abnormalities are detected, patients will be asked to
come back for further tests and assessments.
Mammography is not 100% accurate - approximately 7% of breast
cancers are not visible on X-rays - so it's important that you
continue to Be
If you are aged 50-70 years and are registered with a GP in the
area, then you will automatically be sent an appointment when your
practice is being screened.
Not every woman will be invited as soon as she is 50, but you
should receive your first appointment before your
53rd birthday, so there is no need to contact us for an
Some women aged 47-74 will be offered an appointment as part of
a randomised age extension trial.
Women over the age of 70 are encouraged to continue with breast
screening but must contact our screening office themselves.
If you are under 50, you cannot make a routine
screening appointment with us, but if you have any symptoms or
concerns with your breast you should immediately contact your GP,
who can then refer you to an appropriate clinic.
If you have any symptoms or are worried about your breasts in
any way, please immediately contact your GP and they may be
able to reassure you.
They may feel that it is necessary to refer you to our breast
clinic for some tests and a consultation.
At the clinic, you will see the consultant, who will take your
history and discuss your concerns with you.
You will be given a breast examination and, if necessary, an
ultrasound and mammogram.
It may be possible to give a diagnosis at this appointment, but
if a needle test (biopsy) is required then you will be given
another appointment to return to the department for the
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Tel: 01793 604036
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Tel: 01793 604340
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