Breast screening (Mammogram) in Leamington Spa
Are you worried after a recent breast check? At Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital you can get rapid access to a breast scan provided by our dedicated breast care experts to provide reassurance or fast track any treatment needed. Read more…
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Why choose Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital for your mammogram?
At our state-of-the-art hospital in Royal Leamington Spa our breast care experts use digital mammogram technology to provide a fast and accurate diagnostic breast screens, which can 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 enhanced.
As well as a precise mammogram, our breast experts at Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital can also provide you with expert advice and recommendations on treatment options if an unlikely irregularity in your breast is identified.
You don't have to wait if you want the peace of mind that a breast screen can bring. At our hospital in Leamington Spa, you can refer yourself for a self-pay mammogram if you're over 40 years of age, haven't experienced any symptoms, or had screening within the last 12 months.
How to book a mammogram at Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital
If you have been referred for a breast check by your GP or simply want to discuss your own concerns, we strongly recommend booking an initial consultation with one of our specialist breast surgeons.
To book, simply call our dedicate hospital enquiry team at Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital on 01926 436 351. Alternatively you can fill out a contact form above and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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.
Why have a mammogram?
- Breast screening cannot prevent breast cancer
- However a screen can detect cancer early on, which means you are less likely to need a mastectomy and more likely to survive
- 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.
What are the benefits of breast screening?
- 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
- The purpose of breast screening mammograms is to find breast cancer early. This reduces your chance of dying from breast cancer due to early diagnosis and simpler treatment.
Making the right choice
Having a mammogram is your choice and 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 are likely to have questions. We have a clinical support service here in Leamington Spa manned by a group of trained doctors who can help you.