If you notice a change in your breast, please book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. From there you will be referred to a breast clinic. If you are based in Manchester, this will most likely be at The Nightingale Centre where the Greater Manchester Screening Programme is run from.

What to expect

You will be cared for by an expert team of nurses and doctors while you attend the clinic.

It may take several hours so please come prepared for this.

You are welcome to bring someone with you if this would make you feel more comfortable.

In the first instance, you will receive a breast exam. From there you will then go on to receive a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breasts and is a method of finding breast cancer at a very early stage. You will also receive an ultrasound of your breast.

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Based on these results you may be asked to return for a biopsy.

Your nurse will keep you informed of everything that is happening at every stage in the process. Please do ask questions if you have any.

Most people who visit a breast clinic leave being told they do not have breast cancer. But if you are given a diagnosis, this can obviously be very upsetting. The doctor will explain what their findings are as well as their recommendations for treatment. You will be assigned a breast care nurse who is there to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

If you have any concerns about an upcoming appointment or one you have recently attended, please call 0161 291 4418 to speak to a member of the breast care nurses team.

If you have a mammogram (screening appointment) that you need to change, please visit the Greater Manchester Screening Programme Website.