Tanya finds a lump in her breast and begins to feel concerned, she rings 111 to ask for help about her lump. They tell her to try and not panic and get an emergency appointment to see the GP.
Tanya is now with the GP who will do the first initial tests, the GP examines Tanya's breasts and refers her to a breast clinic. Tanya must receive an appointment within 2 weeks as she lives in England.
Tanya is at the breast clinic were a series of tests will happen to try determine if the lump is cancerous or not. Sophie has a Mammogram, an ultra sound and an examination of her breast.
The specialists at the breast clinic see something on Tanya's test that is abnormal therefore they take a sample of breast tissue this is called a biopsy and send it off to the laboratory for testing.
At the laboratory the breast tissue is tested to find out whether it is cancerous or not. This usually takes only a few days to get the results. The result can either be benign, precancerous or cancerous. If the lump is cancerous the biopsy can also say what type of breast cancer it is.
Tanya's results have now come back from the biopsy and the specialists can confirm the tumour is cancerous. The type of breast cancer Tanya has is ductal carcinoma. This cancer is cancer of the breast ducts. The specialists will now decide on a treatment for Tanya.