Breast Screening Services London
All women registered with GPs here in the UK and who are between the ages of 50 and 70 are invited by the NHS as a matter of routine to have a breast screening test (also known as a mammogram) every three years. However, some women may be concerned that they might have a problem, or they become unduly anxious having read a report or seen something on TV, and as a result feel they would like to have the re-assurance of undergoing an interim test. There’s no need to worry, at Broadgate GP we offer a full service of private breast screenings London.
If this applies to you and you live and/or work in London you can make use of the private breast screening service that we offer here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall, either on a walk-in basis, or by prior appointment.
The importance of detecting breast cancer early
Breast screening aims to find breast cancer early through an X-ray test called a mammogram, this will spot cancer that usually too small to see or feel. If breast cancer is detected early you are less likely to need to have a mastectomy. The early detection of breast cancer is essential in order to get early treatment and get the best prognosis.
When it comes to breast cancer, the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, when you’re between the ages of 50 to 70 it’ important that you have a breast cancer screening every 3 years. Should you be due a screening, make sure you contact your walk in breast screening London.
The breast screening process
Private breast screening at Broadgate Clinic London Wall is fast and affordable. Screening is available on a walk-in basis, although you may prefer to phone ahead and make a prior appointment in order to minimise any delay.
A breast screen test (a mammogram) is an X-ray. It will be carried out here at Broadgate Clinic by one of our fully trained, female medical clinicians.
You will be asked to undress to the waist. During breast screening, both breasts will X-rayed individually, one at a time. Each breast will be placed on the bed of the X-ray machine. It will then be gently but firmly compressed by a clear plate. Two X-rays will be taken of each breast from different angles.
The procedure only takes approximately 15 minutes and for the majority of women only causes some slight discomfort during the compression process. This is however necessary to ensure that the breast remains still so that the mammogram will be clear.
Breast cancer symptoms
The most common symptoms tend to be lumps or thickened tissue in their breast, the majority of breast lumps tend to not be cancerous, this is about 90%. However it’s always important to make sure that you get them checked out.
Should you notice any of the following, make sure you see a doctor…
- A new lump or an area of thickened tissue in either breast that hasn’t been there before.
- A change in the size or shape of one or both breasts.
- Bloodstained discharge from the nipples.
- A lump or swelling in either of your armpits.
- Dimpling on the skin of your breasts.
- A rash on or around your nipple.
- A change in the appearance of your nipple such as becoming sunken into your breasts.
- Breast pain doesn’t tend to be a symptom of breast cancer but it’s still a good idea to get it checked out.
It’s important that you’re breast aware, that way you can pick upon any changes as soon as possible. Try and get to know that is normal for you, for instance, your breasts may look or feel different at different times of your life. This can make it much easier to spot potential problems.
Breast cancer treatment
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment where medication is used to kill cancer cells, there’s lots of different types of chemotherapy medication but they tend to all work in a similar way. Chemotherapy stops the cancer cells from reproducing and prevents them from growing and spreading in the body.
This treatment can be given in different ways, the doctor will usually recommend the best type for you. The most common types include chemotherapy given into a vein or chemotherapy tablets given orally.
A mastectomy is an operation to remove your breast, it’s used to treat breast cancer in women and breast cancer in men. The operation tends to take around 90 minutes and most people can go home the following day.
Choose Broadgate’s London Breast Clinic for your Screening
At Broadgate GP we provide breast cancer screenings to patients across the London area, when you choose our private GP services you can trust that you’ll be provided services in a caring environment at a convenient location.
Walk-in breast screening (or by prior appointment) from Broadgate Clinic London Wall
The walk-in breast screening service that we offer here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall means that you can get screened when it is most convenient to you to do so, although if you do phone ahead to make a prior appointment you will minimise any possible delay..
Our opening hours are:
Monday to Thursday: 08:00 to 18:30
Friday: 08:00 to 17:30
Should you wish to phone ahead to make a same-day (or later) appointment the number to call is 020 7638 4330