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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.

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

Find out when GPs refer people to see a breast cancer specialist.

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.

Last reviewed: 
18 Oct 2017

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