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Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have breast symptoms. Your GP will examine you and might refer you for tests to a specialist breast clinic. If the tests show that you have a cancer, you have more tests to find out how big it is and whether it has spread. This is called staging.

Screening for breast cancer

Find out about the UK breast screening programme, who has screening, and how you have it.

Finding breast cancer early

Find out about breast awareness and which breast changes to look out for.

Seeing your GP

Find out what happens when you see your GP about breast changes and read about how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to breast cancer. 

Tests to diagnose

Find out about the tests used to diagnose breast cancer and other breast conditions.

Tests to stage

When breast cancer is diagnosed you might have other tests to find out how big it is and whether it has spread. Find out about these tests.

Tests to diagnose advanced cancer

Find out about tests to diagnose advanced breast cancer.

Last reviewed: 
18 Oct 2017

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Coronavirus and cancer

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