Women’s Health

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. About 46,000 women get breast cancer in the UK each year. Most of them (8 out of 10) are over 50, but younger women, and in rare cases men, can also get breast cancer.

The NHS Breast Screening Programme invites over 2 million women for screening every year, and detects over 14,000 cancers. Dr Emma Pennery of Breast Cancer Care says: “Breast X-rays, called mammograms, can detect tumours at a very early stage, before you’d feel a lump. The earlier it’s treated, the higher the survival rate.”


Please note that you do not need to come in for a GP referral to the hospital if you are pregnant. You can refer yourself using the links below.

Please be aware that you can self refer to St Helier or Epsom Hospital so please complete the correct form.

If you need to attend the Early Pregnacy Assessment Unit you need to be referred by a clinician. This is not a Walk in Service.


Find out more about breast cancer screening

Macmillan Cancer Research The causes and symptoms of breast cancer in women and explains how it is diagnosed and treated

Symtpoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention & screening information

See the NHS Conditions and Treatments browser for an in-depth description of many common health issues.

NHS – Cervical Screening
The why, when & how guide to cervical screening

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