As part of our breast care services, we offer Breast Screening (mammogram) for those who want peace of mind that their breasts are healthy.
If you are aged over 40 years old, do not currently have any symptoms or had screening within the last 12 months, you can book a self-pay appointment with no referral needed.
Breast screening is designed to help detect changes within your breasts early, usually before there are any signs or symptoms that you may be aware of. Early detection of changes within the breast means that if treatment is required this can be offered as soon as possible, giving you the best chance of recovery.
KIMS Hospital is a Bupa accredited Breast Care Centre. Our dedicated mammographers and nurses, including a Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist, will ensure you are supported every step of the way.
Book your appointment here or call us on 01622 237 727 for more information.
What to expect from Breast Screening
Why should I choose to have Breast Screening?Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK with around 12,000 women dying of the disease every year.
The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age; lifestyle can also add to the risk such as being overweight, drinking alcohol and smoking. Although screening cannot prevent breast cancer, early detection of the disease through screening can increase the likelihood of survival as treatment can be given as soon as possible.
However, Breast Screening is voluntary. To help make the right decision for you, you may wish to discuss screening with your doctor. It may help your decision to know some of the benefits and risks of screening.
- Breast Screening picks up over eight out of ten breast cancers in women over 50.
- Regular screening is beneficial in identifying breast cancer early.
- Most cancers identified by screening are at an early stage which can make treatment simpler and likely to be more successful.
- If nothing is found during your screen it can be reassuring to know that your breasts are healthy and there is nothing to worry about.
- Having the mammogram can be uncomfortable but our mammographers do their best to minimise this.
- Sometimes, screening finds breast changes that wouldn’t have caused you any problems if left untreated. Some breast changes might not turn into breast cancer which means you may end up having more treatment than you really need.
- A mammogram is a type of x-ray so you will be exposed to a small amount of radiation during the scan.
- Your results may be unclear and you may be called back for more tests, but found not to have breast cancer. This could cause you unnecessary distress.
- Screening picks up most breast cancers however, there is a small chance that some cancers may be missed or not show up.
Who can have Breast Screening?Breast Screening at KIMS Hospital is offered to women over 40 years of age who have no breast symptoms or had a mammogram within the last 12 months. There is no upper age limit.
You must be a UK resident and registered with a GP. Unfortunately, we cannot off this service to anyone living overseas.
If you have any of the symptoms listed below you will not be eligible for Breast Screening. However, you can seek advice and help at our Consultant led Breast Clinic. You do not need at GP referral to attend the clinic.
Please call 01622 237 727 to book to see a Consultant Breast Surgeon.
- Painless lumps in the breast
- Changes in the size or shape of a breast
- Dimpling to the skin of the breast
- Thickened breast tissue
- Nipple inversion
- Limp or thickening behind the nipple
- Rash affecting the nipple
- Blood-stained discharge from the nipple
- Swelling or a lump in the armpit
What is a mammogram?A mammogram is an x-ray machine designed specifically to take 2-D images of the breast. During a mammogram the breast is positioned between two flat plates on the machine which lightly press together. There may be some discomfort but our mammographers do their best to minimise this.
Two x-rays will be taken of the breast and the images sent to a computer where the pictures are reviewed and a report developed.
When is Breast Screening held?Our Breast Screening clinic is held every Tuesday from 12:30 – 16:30 and Saturday from 08:00 – 11:00.
How much does Breast Screening cost?Breast Screening at KIMS Hospital costs £140.
Payment will be requested when you book your appointment. Should you not be able to attend your appointment for any reason, you will be fully refunded.
If the results of your scan are unclear or show an abnormal result, the cost of a further mammogram is covered within your initial payment. However, if additional assessment is required, for example ultrasound and biopsy, there will be an additional cost incurred. These will be discussed with you fully and your agreement to continue confirmed before being carried out.
For more information about costs, please see our Breast Price List.
What might the results be?Hopefully it is reassuring to know that 96% of women will receive a normal result and no further investigations or screening will be required for the next 12 months at least.
However, for approximately 4% of women further tests may be required in order to give a definitive result. This does not mean that you have cancer and there can be a number of reasons as to why your mammogram is unclear; you were not in the correct position or if you moved as the image was taken, an abnormality is suspected on the mammogram.
If for any reason, further investigation is required you will be contacted by the team at KIMS Hospital and given a date to attend our Breast Assessment Clinic.
What is the Breast Assessment Clinic?For a small number of women, further tests will be required in order to give a definitive result or to investigate an abnormality identified on the mammogram. We understand that waiting for this will be a worrying time so we aim to invite you to our Breast Assessment Clinic within 1 week of your initial mammogram.
At the Breast Assessment Clinic, you will have an opportunity to discuss your initial mammogram results, you will then have a second mammogram. The image will be reviewed during your clinic appointment and discussed with you.
Attendance at the clinic and the second mammogram are included within the initial payment of £140.
If further tests and scans are necessary after the second mammogram, for example an ultrasound and biopsy, your options will be discussed with you in detail. As these investigations are not included within the Breast Screening price, there will be an additional cost incurred. However, these will be discussed with you fully and your agreement to continue confirmed before being carried out. For more information about costs, please see our Breast Price List.
Should you need to attend our Breast Assessment Clinic following your initial mammogram, a member of the KIMS Hospital Breast Care team will contact you to book your appointment.
Is Breast Screening available on the NHS?Yes, the NHS provide a national Breast Screening Programme and is offered to women aged 50-70 in England every three years.
You may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50 if you have a higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer.
If you are over the age of 70, you will stop receiving screening invitations from the NHS screening programme. However, you are still eligible for screening and can arrange an appointment by contacting your local screening unit.