Breast advice, awareness and education
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Breast Awareness

Why have a Breast Awareness appointment?

Why have a Breast Awareness appointment?

Lady McAdden offers Breast Awareness appointments in accordance with the NHS Breast Screening 5 Point Plan:

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Know what’s normal for you

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Look at your breasts and feel them

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Know what changes to look for

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Report any changes without delay

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Attend routine screening if you’re 50 or over

The importance of checking regularly

At Lady McAdden we understand that almost half (49%) of women in the UK do not check their breasts regularly for signs of breast cancer and our own research shows that 42% feel that they don’t know how to check themselves properly. Many women are frightened of finding something or don’t have the confidence to check themselves. Some (46%) say they forget and 10% have never checked at all!

Our unique service offers you a one-to-one appointment with our Specialist Nurses, without a GP referral. Many ladies return to us year after year to gain the reassurance they need or just to get practice with the help of a professional.

A Breast Awareness appointment will enable you to attend a one-to-one appointment with a Lady McAdden Nurse, that lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. The appointment will cover how to know what is normal for you, how to check your breasts effectively, what to look for and what to do if you find something.

With almost half of breast cancer diagnosed being found by the lady herself, being breast aware is more important than ever. It is something that should be part of our whole wellbeing, it is free and painless.

In your dedicated Nurse appointment, you can learn the best techniques for you and be able to ask as many questions as you like about your breasts. With 1 in 7 women being diagnosed in their lifetime, more than 3 in 7 will find the changes themselves. This is why being Breast Aware is so important as early detection has much better outcomes than a later diagnosis.

How to book

To check availability and book an appointment please click HERE or telephone 01702 343288 (option 1)

Please note we do not charge for appointments but as an independent charity we do ask for a donation

Lady McAdden offers appointments via:

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Our Secure Remote (online) system (like Zoom, but no need to register, our system is called Coviu – you can access using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC)

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Telephone (Although our Nurses prefer to see you in some form, in the event you cannot attend a remote or physical appointment, they are happy to discuss with you via a scheduled call)

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Face to Face (at our Premises in Elmsleigh Drive, Leigh on Sea; Hillborough road, Westcliff on Sea or other venue when advertised)

What happens in an appointment?

Your appointment will be booked and confirmed by email (if you have one).

If you are attending a remote (online) appointment you will also receive an email from Coviu with your link to join your session. We suggest that you click to attend about 5 minutes earlier than your appointment so that you can read the consent form and check your camera and microphone/speakers are working – screenshots of what happens will be coming soon.

In your session, if you are attending remotely, it is entirely up to you (and your surroundings) if you would like to undress. However, in face-to-face appointments the Nurse will ask you undress from the waist upwards, if felt appropriate.

The nurse will ask you if you check yourself and how you do this, she may ask you to demonstrate. She will also ask you if you have any concerns, family history or any other breast related questions, this may include the pill, HRT or other medication.

If the Lady McAdden Nurse is concerned about anything you discuss or find during the appointment, she will ask you to contact your GP (the current referral process for further investigation). If you would like to know the best way to approach this, please have a look at our referral process page – Coming soon.

In all cases if you have a new lump or concern, please contact your GP immediately. If you would like to discuss this concern as you are worried about contacting your GP (which you should not be, but we do understand) then please telephone 01702 343288 so that one of the team can guide you.

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to attend a session but am concerned that I don’t want to undress?
You don’t have to; the Nurse will work with you to work out what is normal for you and discuss any concerns. The Nurse will have a breast simulator, where she can demonstrate and show you specific breast related information.

If you are online, you may not want to undress due to your surroundings and we can follow up with a face-to-face appointment (when possible) or use photographs if easier.

Can someone else attend the appointment with me?
Yes, but remember the appointment is about you and what is normal for you, so the Nurse will focus on your needs.
I have a remote appointment booked but can’t get it to work
Don’t worry our Nurses will automatically call you on the number you provided, 5 minutes after your appointment was due to start, to resolve your problem. If the problem continues the appointment can be continued over the telephone.
I have recently had a baby; Can I make an appointment?

Many women experience breast changes during pregnancy.

We would not be able to offer you an appointment until you have had 3 periods since giving birth. This will give your body a chance to recover and your breasts to return to similar to preconception size.

I am breast feeding; Can I make an appointment?

As with the previous question, your breasts go through a huge change during pregnancy and feeding.

When you have finished breast feeding and have had 3 periods we would be able to offer you an appointment.

Will the nurse touch me?

Yes, the Nurse may touch you in face-to-face appointments, but only with your consent. She may, to help you understand how to check or if you have something that you think is abnormal, touch to understand what you feel.

Is this the same as you used to offer?

No, we are now focused on finding what is normal for you and ensuring that you know how to check yourself. A Nurse will not check you, only guide you in how to check yourself. She may still touch you to understand what you are trying to explain.

We do not provide Breast Checks. The Nurse will not know what is normal for you and what if anything has changed, to cause a concern. Breast Awareness will be covered and a step by step guide given how to check yourself and what to be looking out for.

Why have you changed this service?

A Nurse cannot in one session define what is normal and what has changed specifically for you. During the Pandemic, we recognised that most women lack confidence in checking themselves and how to check themself.

To enable them to find something, they need to understand their own normal and not wait for someone else to check them.

I have one breast larger than the other?
This can be normal, but we recommend you discuss this with the Nurse in your appointment.
I don’t have a computer
If you have a device like a tablet or phone that has a browser, you can still attend an online appointment. However, if you prefer, we can offer a telephone consultation or face to face appointment (when permitting)
I am disabled, can I access your premises?
Yes definitely, we have easy access to the premises we use. However, it helps us if you can tell us how you might need assistance in advance.

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Registered Charity in England (1062235).
Registered company in England (03334552).
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