Breast care

About one in eight women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There's a good chance of recovery if it's detected in its early stages.
 
We aim to find signs of breast cancer early through our breast screening and symptomatic care clinics. These clinics care available to both women and men on referral from a GP. If you are worried about breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump or area of thickened tissue in a breast, see your GP.
 
Your GP will refer you to the Hospital for more tests if necessary. This may include x-rays, ultrasound or biopsy tests to find out more information.

The unit uses the latest technology to detect breast cancer as early as possible and to provide a quality service to all patients who attend. We have two mammography rooms — one is especially suited for disabled patients in a wheelchair. Our specialist mammographers are fully trained in using the equipment and making the patients visit as comfortable as possible.

The type of imaging used by the breast screening and imaging department:

  • Mammography - a special x-ray picture of the breast

  • Ultrasound - an ultrasound scan which is a painless test, that uses sound waves to create images of organs and structures inside your body, in this case, the breast

  • Biopsy - a biopsy in which a small sample of tissue is removed from the breast, under local anaesthetic. The sample of tissue is then examined by our pathologists to look for abnormal cells (malignant or benign)

Breast screening programme for women aged 47 – 73

As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women in Kent and Swale aged 43 – 73 and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years. This is provided by mobile screening units that travel throughout the area. After the age of 73, women can carry on self-referring.
 
If you are worried about breast cancer symptoms at any stage, such as a lump or area of thickened tissue in a breast, don’t wait to be offered screening - see your GP.

Other services provided

Our Breast Care Unit also provides a service for women with a family history of breast cancer. You will need to be referred by your GP to access this clinic.

Please note: to make your screening or symptomatic appointment as comfortable as possible, we would advise that you wear two pieces clothing eg trouser or skirt and top. Also we advise that you do not wear deodorant or antiperspirant on the day as this may interfere with some of the tests.

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Breast Care Unit
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