Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the commonest cancer in women in the UK - according to Cancer Research UK, there is a lifetime risk of 1 in 8 (for women) and 1 in 870 (for men). There are nearly 58,000 new cases of breast cancer each year in the UK, the equivalent of one new case every 10 minutes, and the incidence is rising. It is the commonest cause of cancer deaths in women.

UK mortality from breast cancer fell rapidly in the 1990s, which is thought to be as a result of the mammographic screening programme, early diagnosis and improved adjuvant treatments. Digital mammography (Xrays), ultrasound and MRI scans are used to help the diagnosis of breast cancer. Minimally-invasive techniques such as image-guided biopsies and vacuum excision biopsies are performed by our Consultant Radiologist for accurate targeting of breast lesions. We have a range of modern surgical techniques for the treatment of breast cancer which include reconstructive and oncoplastic procedures which are cosmetically better forms of surgery. 

Breast cancer treatment is now more individualised based on advice from and delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Genetic testing is available for high-risk individuals. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential. We encourage all women to be "breast aware" and report any new changes such as a lump or thickening in the breast or armpit; changes to the skin, shape or size of the breast; nipple changes or discharge; pain in the breast and/or any other unusual changes. Prompt medical attention should be sought with these findings. 

​If you have found a breast lump or have another concerning breast symptom, please contact us and we can arrange a consultation with one of our Consultant Breast Surgeons to have this assessed. We will carry out a clinical examination and can arrange an ultrasound scan and mammograms as appropriate, which can be carried out at the same attendance as your initial appointment so you can find out the results on the same day. If a biopsy needs to be taken, we will arrange a second appointment with the results. Click the links on the right of this page to find out more about the various types of surgery for breast cancer, all of which are available at Breast Care Leicester.
Therapeutic mammoplasty
Wide local excision
Sentinel lymph node biopsy
Axillary node clearance
Breast reconstruction