Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

There are a range of tests and scans available to investigate and diagnose breast cancer.

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Breast mammogram
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How is breast cancer diagnosed?

If you are experiencing symptoms of breast cancer or an irregularity has been identified through routine screening, our One Stop Breast Clinics can provide all your initial diagnostic tests in one appointment. Your GP can refer you to our one stop breast clinics or in some cases you can make a self-referral.

At the clinic you'll be guided by our expert consultants and specialist breast care nurses, through a consultation about your symptoms, a physical examination, a mammogram to get X-ray images of your breasts, and an ultrasound if we need to take a closer look. The results of these tests will be available during your appointment, giving you peace of mind on the same day.

If these tests show any irregularities you may need to have a biopsy. If this is necessary, then your consultant will discuss this with you during your appointment. A biopsy can be performed at the same appointment and results will be available within days, so you'll get the answers you need without delay. Our specialist breast care nurses will be available to provide ongoing support whilst you are waiting for the results.

What happens at a one-stop breast clinic

To learn more about what happens during a visit to one of our one stop breast clinics, watch our short video.
One Stop Breast Clinic at HCA video

What to expect after a breast cancer diagnosis

If your biopsy confirms a cancer diagnosis, further tests and scans may be required to confirm the size and stage of the cancer. Your consultant will discuss these tests with you, your medical team can answer any questions you may have, and they can make arrangements for these tests to take place. A Clinical Nurse Specialist will be available to support you throughout your treatment with us.

Miss Joanna Franks, Chair of the Breast Board at HCA Healthcare UK and Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at The Wellington Hospital shares her thoughts on what patients should expect after receiving a diagnosis, and how the care you receive should be personalised. 

Joanna Franks breast cancer services
Peters breast cancer experience at HCA UK

Peters breast cancer experience

"Getting an early diagnosis is absolutely key for increasing your chances of survival, so I recommend to all my male friends that whilst they are checking for testicular cancer, it only takes another few seconds to check your breasts.

Following a GP appointment and referral to a consultant for tests, Peter was told he had early stage breast cancer – a thought which had not crossed his mind being a man. Peter shares his experience of being diagnosed with male breast cancer, and encourages all men to check their breasts regularly.

Consultation with male patient

Getting a second opinion

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, whether or not you have started treatment, a second opinion can give you reassurance and peace of mind.

Our second opinion service is led by expert consultants. They will provide a comprehensive review of your current and past medical history, to identify the best treatment options for you. This review may identify new treatment options or simply confirm you are already receiving the best treatment. Either way it can help you make an informed decision about what is best for you.

We offer a second opinion service in London, Birmingham and Manchester, covering a wide range of specialities.

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