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Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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Why choose Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital for your private mammogram?

Are you in need of a breast screen? If you are aged over 40, haven't experienced any symptoms or had a breast scan in the last 12 months, you can refer yourself for a private mammogram at Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital. Our experienced women's health imaging experts can provide you with advice and peace of mind that you deserve.

Our breast care experts use a digital mammography unit to provide a fast and accurate diagnostic screen which will detect any abnormalities in your breast. Most abnormalities will turn out to be nothing serious, however with early detection the effectiveness of any relating treatment is greatly strengthened.

Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital has been at the forefront of private women's health treatment in Northumberland since opening in 1973. Over the last 40 years our hospital has earned an excellent reputation, attracting a number of highly acclaimed breast surgeons and helping women in the North East to live full and happy lives. 

How to book a mammogram at Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital

If you are in need of a check up or simply want to discuss any concerns with a specialist, please give our hospital enquiry team a call on 0191 281 6131 to arrange an initial consultation.

Alternatively, if you fill out a contact form below, a member of our hospital enquiry team will get back to you at a more appropriate time.

What is breast screening?

  • The main purpose of breast screening is to establish if a women has cancer or not
  • Early detection of breast cancer greatly improves the success of treatment
  • Breast screening uses x-rays, called mammograms, to find cancers in the breast which are too small to feel.


What is breast cancer?

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK
  • Approximately 12,000 women die from the disease every year
  • Breast cancer is a malignant tumour
  • Breast cancer is made up of a group of cancer cells found in the milk ducts that can grow into surrounding tissue and may spread to other areas of the body.

What increases the risk of developing breast cancer?

  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age
  • Most cancers are found in women aged over 50
  • A small number of breast cancers are caused by genetic mutations and are found in family groups
  • Your lifestyle can also increase your risk
  • Being overweight, drinking alcohol and smoking can all be detrimental.

Who is screening for?

Breast screening is for women over 40 years of age who have no breast symptoms and who haven’t had a mammogram within the last 12 months.

What happens during a breast screen?

  • You will be asked some routine questions before your examination to help the doctor reporting your images
  • After undressing to your waist the mammographer will position you next to the x-ray machine and then will place each of your breasts in turn onto the x-ray table compressing them firmly with a plastic plate while the picture is taken. This takes only a few seconds and then the pressure is released
  • At least two views are taken on each side in order to show all of the breast tissue
  • After the mammographer has told you how you will get your results you will be free to go
  • The whole examination should take no more than 15 minutes.

What might the results be?

  • 96% of women will receive a normal result
  • You may need further tests before a definite result can be given
  • 4% of all screened women will require further tests
  • Sometimes your mammogram may need to be repeated for technical reasons
  • You may not have been in the correct position or you may have moved during the picture
  • It is not always easy to diagnose breast cancer on a mammogram and you should be aware that you may get a false result which may lead to unnecessary treatment and anxiety
  • You may be told that you need extra tests before a diagnosis can be made
  • After these tests you may be given the all clear and told that your result is normal
  • 4 out of every 100 women screened will need extra tests
  • Only 1 of these women will have a cancer diagnosed
  • The others will be classed normal and should attend for screening again when their next appointment is due
  • Not all cancers are visible on a mammogram
  • You may get a normal result when a small cancer is really there. This is called a false negative result
  • Even after a normal breast screening you should always see your GP if you find a change in your breast
  • There is also a chance of over-diagnosis and treatment
  • Some of the cancers found on mammography are slow growing and may never develop into a life threatening cancer
  • It’s impossible to differentiate these cancers and so some women will have treatment unnecessarily
  • Some studies have shown that if 2,000 women are screened regularly for 10 years 10 women will undergo treatment unnecessarily
  • Rarely, cancers are missed on mammograms
  • Statistics show that there is a likelihood of 1 cancer being missed when 2,500 women are screened.

Key facts on breast screening:

  • Breast screening cannot prevent breast cancer, however it can detect cancer 
  • Early diagnosis means that you are less likely to need a mastectomy
  • Early diagnosis also means you are more likely to survive the disease
  • Research shows that surviving breast cancer is now much more possible, with 3 in 4 women diagnosed living at least 10 years
  • 1 life is saved for every 200 women that are screened
  • Knowing that no cancer has shown on your mammogram may give you reassurance and so you may feel less worried about breast cancer
  • Detecting cancers when they are very small can mean simpler and less invasive treatment.

Making the right choice

Having a mammogram is your choice. We want you to have as much information as possible so you are confident you make the right choices. We encourage you to access this online tool which helps calculate your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer which you can compare with a women of the same age.

If you find your risk is low you may decide not to proceed with a mammogram. This is fine, but we just ask that you let us know so we can cancel your appointment. If you find your risk is high you may be anxious and want to ask some questions. We have a clinical support service manned by a group of trained doctors who can help you.

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