Early detection of breast cancer can be lifesaving. That’s why we’re giving non-symptomatic women over the age of 40 the opportunity to refer themselves for a private mammogram at our dedicated breast clinic launching this August. We deliver rapid and reliable results to your GP in as little as 24hrs.
Mammography is a crucial method of breast screening that uses the power of x-rays to identify breast cancers early when they are too small to feel or see. Currently, you are invited for your first mammogram as part of the NHS screening programme after the age of 50, however, this programme is facing delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the LycaHealth breast centres, we will be offering both symptomatic and routine breast screening to women over the age of 40.
Conventionally, mammograms are known to be a little uncomfortable for women. However, our GE Senographe Pristina mammography suite has a modern and feminine design to ease your anxiety. The system adjusts and tilts to adapt to your form, it also incorporates a range of extra grips and supports for increased comfort.
We understand that having your breast compressed is one of your main worries. To make the process more comfortable for you, we offer a way for you to regain control with self-compression, enabling us to work together to find the compression that is right for you, without compromising on the image quality. The role of our dedicated breast team is to ease your anxiety on the way to your diagnosis as much as possible.
*If you wish to access the service through your insurer, most insurance companies will require a referral from your doctor.
If you have any questions about this service, or would like to book a private mammography appointment in London, call 0207 132 1440 to speak with our clinic team.
At our LycaHealth breast centres, the mammogram machines we use have tomosynthesis capability. This means our radiologists can capture a 3D view of your breast; making it much easier to detect cancer because the breast can be viewed from a variety of angles. Not only does this achieve higher quality images, but it helps to spot smaller abnormalities and cancer with much greater accuracy.
In comparison, a conventional mammogram uses 2D images, and whilst there is no denying this is a useful diagnostic tool, the image quality can be lower, and there is a small chance that potential abnormalities can be missed when hidden in dense breast tissue.
We are passionate about providing our patients with access to the highest quality healthcare and diagnostic tools there is to offer.
The procedure itself is very quick, and only lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. Your female mammographer will guide you through the entire process, making sure to go at a pace you are comfortable with.
Generally, your results will be available to you within 24hrs. The vast majority of mammogram results come back as normal, only around four in every 100 people who have a mammogram are called back for further breast testing. It’s important to remember that if this does happen, it doesn’t mean that you have cancer, it simply means we need to take a further look at what’s going on.
Should we find something abnormal on your mammogram, our team of breast care specialists will devise the most appropriate pathway for managing your condition. We will help you to arrange any necessary follow up appointments and tests to ensure that you receive all the information, advice and support you need at this time.