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Breast Reassurance Clinic

This breast reassurance clinic is for women aged 40 and under with breast symptoms or concerns regarding their breast health.   In this group of women, it is much more likely that any breast symptoms are benign and following expert assessment may be managed primarily with reassurance.  You will be seen by an expert Consultant Breast surgeon (Mr Seni Mylvaganam) who will undertake a history of the concerns and then perform a breast and armpit examination to complete the clinical assessment.  Based on this Mr Mylvaganam will discuss with you any further assessments that may be required, which could include a breast ultrasound.  If an ultrasound identifies an area of uncertainty, it is likely a core biopsy would be recommended to confirm any diagnosis.

The breast reassurance clinic is a one stop shop where you see the consultant and the radiologist who performs the ultrasound.

Ultrasound scan of your breast

An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to give a picture of breast tissue. Ultrasound Gel will be applied to your skin and a probe is passed over your breast to produce a picture on a screen. This is the same technique used during pregnancy to look at a baby in the womb.

Core Biopsy

If you need to have a core biopsy, then MUMS offer this service. Our consultant radiologist will perform this under ultrasound guided assistance. The breast surgeon will decide if this diagnostic test is required. This procedure will involve the radiologist inserting a needle into your breast to take a tissue sample. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area.

What are the benefits of breast ultrasound?

The benefit is that they can help your doctor to diagnose any breast problems with ultrasound which is non-invasive and painless. Results are immediate.

What are the risks of the tests?

There are limited risks, but you may have bruising.

Are there any alternative breast cancer tests?

There are a few breast cancer tests – genetic, mammogram, MRI, biopsies, aspirations, ultrasound – each test is specific to the individual’s age, family history, presenting symptoms and findings upon examination. You may need to have several diagnostic breast cancer tests.

What are the risks of not having the tests?

If MUMS breast surgeon believes the test is clinically appropriate and beneficial for a diagnosis then by not having the test, you are delaying or preventing a speedy diagnosis being made which will inevitably delay treatment.

After the tests

After the test you can resume normal daily activities. If you are experiencing discomfort around the area in which the biopsy was taken – then we advise paracetamol for pain relief. Any bruising will settle relatively quickly.

How do I get the results of the tests?

If you require an ultrasound only then you will get your scan undertaken by a consultant radiologist and the result given at the clinic by Mr Mylvaganam so you will not need to come back again and will be discharged from the clinic.
Some women may need to come back to another clinic if they have a biopsy taken to get the results of the biopsy from Mr Mylvaganam.