The London Breast Centre: A ‘one stop’ destination for Breast Care
October welcomes the arrival of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual initiative dedicated to raising awareness for the symptoms of breast cancer, encouraging women to regularly check their own breasts for abnormalities and empowering them to seek help when necessary.
With around 1 in 9 women being affected by breast cancer at some point during their life, it is by far the most common cancer among women in the UK. In fact, in 2010 there were nearly 50,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed.
At London Bridge Hospital, their specialised breast clinic - The London Breast Centre - offers rapid advice, diagnosis and treatment, drawing on the expertise of some of the country’s leading breast units.
Offering a ‘one-stop’ approach, The London Breast Centre provides a convenient, fast and professional destination for those seekingscreening, diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, including breast reconstruction, all in one location.
It is widely known that the most common sign of breast cancer is a lump in the breast, however, finding a lump shouldn’t be seen as instant diagnosis. In fact, 9 out of 10 lumps are found to be benign and usually turn out to be areas of breast cell changes, cysts or a fibroadenoma. Fear can be a key factor in slow diagnosis, with worry preventing women from seeking help, a feeling that is only worsened by waiting times between appointments and result delivery. Working to lessen this ‘waiting anxiety’, The London Breast Centre screening and diagnosis service is rapid, helping to quickly assess whether a lump is malignant or benign, with the relevant treatment course followed from start to finish all on one site.
The London Breast Centre aims to cause as little disruption to a patient’s day as possible, not only to provide ease and convenience but also to reduce the stress and anxiety around getting a check-up. This means that in most cases, same day diagnosis is possible as tests can be carried out, and the results explained to you all in the initial consultation with the Centre’s Consultant Surgeon.
The most common breast examination tests that patients will undergo to determine whether a lump in the breast is cancerous include a mammogram or breast ultrasound scan, in addition to the less common Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) and Core Needle Biopsy.
Alongside their breast cancer services, The London Breast Centre is also expertly equipped to deal with other common breast problems, including:
Together with the innovative diagnostic tests and first-rate treatment, The London Breast Centre also sets itself apart with its in-house support group. Pink Buddies was founded two years ago by Tracy Philip, a former Breast Care nurse at London Bridge Hospital, with the aim being to bring together women of all ages who have been treated at the hospital for breast cancer, and who can offer support, not only to each other, but also to those women currently undergoing treatment for the condition.
The London Breast Centre offers the ultimate one-stop service, reducing anxiety and providing the rapid diagnosis women need.
For more information on The London Breast Centre or Pink Buddies
please visit http://www.londonbreastcentre.co.uk or call 0844 800 0696