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Breast Screening asymptomatic

Regular breast screening helps detect breast cancer early. The earlier breast cancer is identified, the more likely that treatment will be successful.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women in the UK. A mammogram is an X-ray of your breasts that screens for breast cancer. Although it mainly affects older women, it can occur at a younger age.

Regular breast screening makes it easier to detect breast cancer early. The earlier breast cancer is identified, the more likely that treatment will be successful.

How often should I have a breast screen?

As part of BMI’s continuing commitment to quality care, our Breast Screening Mammography programme includes the screening of asymptomatic women (without symptoms) aged 40 and over.  A screening every 12-18 months is recommended between 40 and 49 years of age and every 2 years after 50.

As part of the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme, women aged 50-70 are invited for a mammogram every 3 years, with some trusts offering screening to those aged 47 -73. After 73, although mammograms are available, they need to be requested individually by the woman.

It is important to note that a mammogram does not prevent breast cancer; however it is a diagnostic tool for early detection. It is important to remember that breast cancer could develop in between your screening appointments so regular self checks are important. If you notice any changes to your breasts you should tell your GP straight away.

Do I need a referral for a breast screen?

Yes you will need a referral for a breast screen. You can go to your GP and ask to be referred into a BMI breast screening clinic or you can book an appointment with a BMI Healthcare breast consultant who will arrange a referral into the clinic for you. The GP or consultant and radiologist will advise whether a mammogram is an appropriate screening method for you.

What happens during the breast screening?

No preparation is required before the mammogram. On arrival at the hospital you will have your mammogram which will be performed by a consultant breast radiographer. Your mammogram will be read by a specialist breast radiologist and if an abnormality is identified it may be discussed with you at the time. Your results will be sent back to your GP who will then arrange an appointment with you to share the results. If you were referred by a BMI Healthcare breast consultant rather than your GP, your consultant will arrange a follow up consultation to deliver the results of the mammogram.

Bupa breast care accreditation

Over 30 of our hospitals have been awarded Bupa accreditation for our breast cancer care which includes our screening and diagnostics clinics. This provides re-assurance that you’ll receive high quality care and an expert diagnosis.

Payment Options

Our breast screening clinics are for patients paying for themselves. In most cases private health insurers do not cover the cost of routine breast screenings. The screening charges will be explained to you at the time of booking.

For further information or to book a consultation or treatment, please get in touch with our cancer enquiries team: Call us on 0800 157 7747

Alternatively you can find out more about breast cancer in our consultant Q&A or find out about breast cancer treatments at BMI.

Specialists Offering Breast screening (asymptomatic)

Mr Simon Ellenbogen

Consultant Surgeon


BMI The Highfield Hospital 1 more BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Kislaya Kumar Thakur

Consultant General Surgeon

MBBS, MS (gen surg), FRCS (glas), FRCS (gen surg).

BMI The Blackheath Hospital

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Mr Naren Basu

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon

BSc(Hons FIRST CLASS), MBBS, MRCS (Eng), MRCS (Ed), MSc, FRCS, FEBS (Breast)

BMI The Priory Hospital

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Mr Abdul Kasem

Consultant Oncoloplastic & Cosmetic Breast Surgeon

MD, MRCS, AFRCS, FRCS Eng (gen-surg)

BMI The Sloane Hospital 1 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital

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Mr Victor Jaffe

Consultant Breast & General Surgeon

MA (Cantab) FRCS, MChir

BMI The Kings Oak Hospital 2 more BMI Hendon Hospital BMI The Cavell Hospital

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Prof Andrew Baildam

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon


BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Ways to pay

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Pay for yourself

Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare

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Pay with health insurance

We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code

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Spread the cost

Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)

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