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FREE BreastCheck

 

If you are concerned that you do not know how to check your own breasts, St Joseph’s offers a FREE BreastCheck service.  Our free BreastCheck is unique within Wales and south west England as other private healthcare providers charge for this service.  We want to educate our patients, giving them the knowledge and confidence to be proactive about their breast health.

 

Our FREE BreastCheck gives you the skills and confidence to carry out regular breast self-examination.  You will be able to identify changes in your breasts, ensuring any problems are identified early.  You will also have your breasts examined by a clinical breast specialist nurse, giving you peace of mind.


Our complimentary service is available to both men and women and, unlike the NHS service, you do not have to wait until you are 50 years of age to be offered a comprehensive breast examination.  

 

What does BreastCheck involve?

 

  • A breast cancer risk assessment which will be completed online prior to your BreastCheck appointment
  • Self-examination advice and education
  • A Clinical Breast Examination with a breast specialist nurse
  • Monthly self-examination text reminder

 

Risk assessment

 

Our risk assessment questionnaire provides us with important information about your family history, health and lifestyle.

 

Take your breast risk assessment here.

 

Appointment with a breast specialist nurse

 

One of our highly skilled and friendly breast specialist nurses will meet with you to discuss your online risk assessment questionnaire and offer advice on any lifestyle changes.  Your nurse will teach you how to perform a self-examination and conduct a Clinical Breast Examination.  It’s important that you are comfortable and confident, so be sure to ask your nurse any questions you may have during your examination.

If the breast nurse specialist detects a potential abnormality then they will write a comprehensive report for your GP detailing the findings.  They will also phone your GP with the result to minimise unnecessary delays.  If you are self-paying and wish to continue your care at St Joseph's then our BreastCare nurse will seamlessly refer you to our One Stop Breast Clinic.  If you have private medical insurance and wish to continue your care at St Joseph's then referral to our One Stop Breast Clinic will be initiated by your GP, utilising the supporting information from our BreastCare team.  If you wish your care to return to the NHS, your GP will facilitate this.

Clinical breast examination should be performed each month and we aim to teach our patients the skills to undertake this with confidence, making it part of your routine every few months.  If you detect an abnormality then your options are to return to our BreastCare nurse specialist for a formal assessment without delay or, alternatively, St Joseph's is happy to welcome you into our One Stop Breast Clinic to see a breast consultant.

 

BreastCheck reminder service

 

We all lead busy lives and it is easy to forget to self-examine your breasts.  To help, St Joseph’s will send a monthly text to remind you to check your breasts regularly using your newly acquired BreastCheck skills.

 

Be proactive about your breast care - call our specialist team today to book your FREE BreastCheck.

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