Your GP will examine you and refer you to a breast clinic to see a specialist. You may also be referred through an NHS breast screening programme if you’ve had a mammogram (a breast x-ray) which shows changes.
At the breast clinic, you’ll see a specialist breast doctor and sometimes a specialist breast nurse. They will ask you about your general health and if anyone in your family has had breast cancer.
The doctor will examine you and arrange some tests, including mammograms. You will usually have an ultrasound of your breast and armpit. Samples of cells (biopsies) may also be taken from any lumps or abnormal areas. There are different ways of taking a biopsy.
Some women get their results on the same day as the tests, but sometimes it can take a couple of weeks. Waiting for test results can be difficult. You may want to talk to someone close to you or one of our cancer support specialists.