What we do

The Women's Cancer Detection Society is a local charity based in the breast cancer screening unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. It was founded in 1964 to help women in the North East. The WCDS carried out pioneering work in breast cancer screening by running a charity screening service for nearly 20 years. In 1988 the NHS Breast Screening Programme was established and the Charity has since given support by providing equipment and grants for research. The Gateshead Breast Screening Programme screens women living in Gateshead, South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland.


  • Provide equipment to diagnose early breast cancer
  • Donated state of the art biopsy system 
  • Updated ultrasound machine
  • Provide grants for Breast Cancer Research
  • Support the cost of post graduate researchers


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Meet the volunteers and just a few of the people we've helped thanks to your support.


Get involved!

Find out how by contacting us at:


Women's Cancer Detection Society

Breast Screening and Assessment Centre
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Sheriff Hill Gateshead, Tyne & Wear


Tel: 0191 4401980/ 07793035674


Or use our online contact form.

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