Breast cancer is not one disease
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, another 5,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer1. Advances in treatments are making a positive difference, and so we want to raise awareness of how early diagnosis opens more therapeutic options and how to get fast, easy access to the latest scans, tests, and treatments without delay.
1 in 7 women in the UK will get breast cancer in their lifetime. Although it’s less common, men can also develop breast cancer in the small amount of breast tissue behind their nipples.
While breast cancer touches so many lives, lots of people don’t know there’s more than one type and that there are different treatments for each.
1 Breast Cancer Now https://breastcancernow.org/about-us/media/facts-statistics
There are many different types of breast cancer. We have options available for all our women.
Professor P G Roy, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, GenesisCare UK
People have a greater chance of beating breast cancer today than ever before, thanks to advances in treatments. Early diagnosis is the key to making the most of these treatments, because it means you have more options available and the chance for better life outcomes.
Having breast cancer doesn’t always mean having your breasts removed through surgery (a mastectomy) or needing chemotherapy. A treatment plan with us will be personalised to the type and stage of breast cancer, using the most advanced options available.
Knowing the ten signs of breast cancer and checking yourself regularly can make a big difference to catching cancer early.
If I had spoken to someone and got it checked out when it was just a pea-sized lump, my treatment would have been very different
Ruth Hardy, breast cancer patient
What to do if you notice breast changes
Don’t wait. Visit a clinic or GP straight away if you notice any changes in the look and feel of your breasts. Experiencing symptoms doesn’t always mean you have cancer, but it’s better to check and be sure
If you’re concerned about symptoms, you can visit our one stop breast cancer clinics and be seen by an experienced breast consultant, often within 24 hours.
A one stop breast cancer appointment includes:
- A consultation and medical examination with a consultant breast surgeon
- An ultrasound scan, mammogram, or both
When it comes to cancer, nobody should have to wait. At our one stop breast clinics you’ll be able to discuss your scan results on the same day with your consultant.
If you need any further tests or treatment, you’re in the right place at GenesisCare.
I was so relieved to be seen quickly and the staff at GenesisCare in Windsor helped me remain calm. I felt I was in the safest place for my care, which began quickly after my diagnosis.
Yulia, GenesisCare One Stop Breast Clinic patient
If you’re over 40 without symptoms, are not pregnant and haven’t had an NHS or private mammogram within the last 12 months, you can book a private mammogram with us for that extra peace of mind.
Breast cancer treatment at GenesisCare
Our expert breast cancer teams work together to design a personalised treatment plan tailored to your diagnosis and preferences – starting within days of diagnosis.
We use the latest treatments, including genomic profiling, surgery (and reconstruction), anti-cancer drugs and radiotherapy.
This is also called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and is the earliest stage of breast cancer. It’s usually treated with the aim to cure, using surgery, radiotherapy or hormone therapy.
Read more about Ductal carcinoma in situ
This is breast cancer that starts in the breast and remains in the breast. There are several treatment options, depending on the type and how early it’s diagnosed.
Read more about Invasive breast cancer
Also called metastatic, advanced or stage 4 cancer. It’s when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. You may need more treatment, and the approach depends on whether it’s ER-positive, HER2-positive, or triple-negative cancer.
Read more about Secondary breast cancer
Why choose GenesisCare?
We treat thousands of patients each year at our specialist outpatient centres across the UK, equipped with cutting edge technology to diagnose and treat breast cancer.
Our patients have fast access to the latest scans, tests, and treatments without delay, when and where they need it. This includes additional support with access to exercise medicine and wellbeing therapies, proven to ease symptoms and aid recovery. These are provided at no extra cost to you or your insurer.
To check your breasts, sit or stand in front of a mirror. Look at your breasts and armpits, then feel them. Next, lift your arms up and repeat.
Remember, breast cancer doesn’t always cause lumps. Check for all ten common signs (below) and any other changes that aren’t normal for you.
When you check your breasts, look for the ten common signs of breast cancer:
- Lumps in the breast
- Breast or nipple pain
- Changes to skin texture
- Nipple discharge
- Inverted nipple
- Lump or swelling in either armpit
- Dimpling of the skin
- Change in shape or size of the breast
- A rash or skin changes around the nipple
If you notice any of these signs or have other changes that aren’t normal for you, visit a clinic or GP straight away.
Check your breasts once a month, especially if you’re at higher risk of breast cancer.
If you still have periods, check your breasts one week after your menstrual cycle. They’ll be less tender and less lumpy. But make sure you know what is normal for you at all times of the month.
Your risk of breast cancer may increase if:
- You’re over the age of 50 or have been through the menopause
- You have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer
- You take the contraceptive pill or have had hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- You’re above your healthy weight
- You have dense breasts
- You regularly drink more alcohol than the healthy limit
- You had early periods (before age 12) or a late menopause (after age 55)
- You’ve had certain types of cancer before