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Breast cancer screening Q&A session

Breast cancer screening

Your breast screening questions answered by Clinical Nurse Specialist Anne Brewer.

Our expert - Clinincal nurse specialist Anne Brewer

Anne Brewer works as a clinical nurse specialist in the breast screening assessment clinic at St Bartholomew Hospital, London. Her role is to meet women who attend this clinic to help them understand why they have been recalled to the clinic for further investigations and prepare them for the forthcoming tests, and to educate, inform and support women throughout the assessment pathway, providing verbal and written information.

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Jacky J

New lump

I am due to have my first mammogram in a month but i have found a lump in my breast. Should i just wait for my appointment or should i be seen sooner

1 reply , 69 views Jacky J, United Kingdom - Tue, 18 Mar 2014


Cyclical Pain

What is Cyclical Pain?

1 reply , 73 views Fatima21, United Kingdom - Tue, 18 Mar 2014


self checking

Are lumps always on the inside, or can they be outside the skin?

1 reply , 64 views frances, United Kingdom - Tue, 11 Mar 2014


One stop clinic

I am a student. Can you clearify whether the one stop clinic is the same as the two week wait?

1 reply , 62 views Kerryonne, London - Tue, 11 Mar 2014


Breast implants

Can I still have a mammogram if I have implants?

1 reply , 79 views smckone, Bexley - Mon, 10 Mar 2014


Advice please

So far my aunt has had lumpectomy and due to early diagnosis and intervention they did not have to perform mastectomy. My aunt was then to follow a 6 week course of radiotherapy starting 10th of jan 2014 but since discovering my aunt suffers from one of the less aggressive connective tissue diseases: lupus. There are four overall and my aunt has Discoid Lupus Erythematous which is affected by sunlight and swelling of joints at times. She is 67 years old and now they are concerned that due to...

1 reply , 121 views Lesley76, East Renfrewshire - Fri, 14 Feb 2014


Does it hurt?

Just another quick question! How long does the mammogram take and how uncomfortable is it?

1 reply , 114 views Reddie, Sat, 8 Feb 2014



I shall be invited for routine screening soon. How long does it take for your results to come through? Are there many false positives?

1 reply , 115 views Reddie, Wed, 5 Feb 2014


Breast implants

I had breast implants inserted for cosmetic reasons 8 years ago. Will this affect my mammogram?

1 reply , 109 views Lucy, United Kingdom - Wed, 5 Feb 2014


More harm than good?

I was sent for ultrasound scans on my breast because my GP said I had pronounced glands. During the scan, I was told everything seemed okay, but I was offered to have a mammogram if I wanted to be 100% sure. My relative with me at the time strongly advised me against this and said it may do me more harm than good. Is this true and are there any risks involved in having a mammogram unnecessarily, under the age of 40?

1 reply , 162 views Emma, Enfield - Tue, 4 Feb 2014

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