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Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness

Wolverhampton Hospital staff selling cakes to raise money for Cancer Research UKIn the UK, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, with 31% of all cancers diagnosed in women being breast cancer. Early detection and improvements in treatment have led to improved survival rates from the disease. Being conscious of how your breasts normally look and feel at different times of the month and regularly checking them is an important part of being breast aware. Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital has recently had a boost to its breast care and oncology services with the appointment of a new consultant.

Consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon Mr Seni Mylvaganam joins consultant breast surgery colleagues Mrs Pilar Matey and Mr Brian Isgar and specialist nursing, haematology and imaging staff. There are six consultant oncologists at the private hospital in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton and an Oncology Lead Nurse. In addition to breast cancer, the oncology team treats a range of cancer sites including lung, colo-rectal, gynaecology, urology and gastro-intestinal. A chemotherapy service is provided in the ward. This specialist team provides patients with individualised care from screening through to treatment.

In early February, staff across the board at Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital joined national fundraising for Cancer Research UK. Through activities like this, cancer researchers have helped double the survival rates in the last 40 years.

The specialist areas that oncoplastic breast surgeon Mr Mylvaganam treats privately at Nuffield Health are the assessment and management of breast conditions, the full range of breast cancer surgical techniques, therapeutic re-shaping of breast tissue and all aspects of breast reconstruction (oncoplastic) surgery. His NHS consultant post is at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Mylvaganam explains the incidence of breast cancer requiring surgery and the importance of breast reconstruction: “Approximately 51,000 women each year will be diagnosed with breast cancer requiring surgical treatment. Whilst 60% will undergo some form of breast conserving surgery, up to 40% may require a mastectomy as the primary surgical treatment for their disease. Modern breast surgery looks to combine effective cancer treatment with the best cosmetic outcomes. Breast conserving surgery can be combined with oncoplastic techniques to avoid deformities and these techniques can also be used to correct any problems from previous breast surgery. The loss of a breast can also profoundly impact women’s quality of life and body image and immediate breast reconstruction is routinely offered in the UK to improve outcomes. These reconstruction techniques may also be offered to women who have had a previous mastectomy and wish for a reconstruction at a later date.”

When patients are referred by their GP, the specialist breast team will carry out a detailed assessment which includes a clinical examination, and possibly a mammogram, an ultrasound or both. If required, a guided biopsy and an MRI scan may also be performed. All tests and assessments are carried out in accordance with the latest National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance and the results are discussed with the patient and any queries are explained.

For patients over 40, who are symptom free and have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months, the private hospital offers a self referral screening service. If you would like to find out more, please call 01902 793234.

For more information please contact Nuffield Health Wolverhampton on 01902 275707 or visit

Last modified on Monday, 27 February 2017 14:52

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