The human body is made up of billions of cells. There are natural systems within the body which regulate the formation, growth and death of the cells in a controlled way to produce and replace the body's tissue. If something disrupts this controlled process, the cells divide and develop without their normal control and form a lump called a tumour. Tumours are either benign or malignant – breast cancer is the name given to a malignant tumour located in the breast.
If the breast cancer is detected early, there is a good chance it can be treated successfully. The more the cancer has spread, the more difficult it is to treat.
It is important to be breast aware and know what is normal for you. For more information view our breast awareness page.
Long term survival rates for breast cancer have improved significantly over the last 20 years. This is largely due to increased awareness of breast cancer, the introduction of a national breast screening programme leading to earlier diagnosis, and the successes of breast cancer research, which have led to the improved treatments that are now available.
A recent research study has shown the risk of death from breast cancer can be reduced by almost 50% by participating in a breast screening programme. Mammography however, will not pick up all breast cancers.
BreastHealth UK Clinics offer:
Mammography, which is a safe, comfortable and non-invasive screening technology.
Clinical Breast Examination with a Consultant Breast Surgeon or a Specialised Breast Nurse.
The BreastHealth Risk Assessment Test which takes into account genetic, medical and lifestyle factors.
Experienced genetic counsellors.
The latest genetic testing with fast results for women with a very strong family history of breast cancer.