Breast Screening

Messages to others

The women we talked to passed on messages of advice to others, based on their own experiences. People are all different and what works for one person might not work for someone else. Here are their suggestions:

  • Always attend for routine breast screening as breast problems are common but can be detected and treated early.
  • Don't be deterred from going for routine mammograms because they might be uncomfortable or painful. Any discomfort or pain is short-lived and far outweighed by the benefits. 
  • Don't be deterred from attending breast screening because of embarrassment - all the screening staff are women experienced in their fields.
  • If you are unsure about attending for breast screening, get as much information as you need in order to make an informed choice. 
  • Be breast aware and, if you notice any unusual breast changes, see your GP. 

Tests and Treatment

  • If you've been recalled after having a routine mammogram, don't panic because this is quite common and doesn't mean you have a breast problem.
  • If you've been diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer (DCIS), allow yourself time to think before you make any treatment choices.
  • If you've been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, there is plenty of information and support around, including support groups where you can discuss your concerns with others who have been through it.
  • Don't be afraid to accept help and support from other people.
  • Write down any questions you have before seeing doctors in case you forget them during the consultation.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
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  • Take someone with you to consultations to provide support.
  • Find doctors you can trust and, if you are unhappy, don't be afraid to change, or seek second opinions.
  • Be positive and don't dwell on the negative.

Last reviewed March 2016.

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