There are three cancer screening programmes delivered by the NHS and also Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening:
All women aged over 50 years are offered free breast screening. Breast screening is offered every three years. Breast screening uses x-rays to look for breast cancers when they are too small to be seen or felt. The x-rays are called mammograms. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and it is more likely as you get older. Breast screening reduces deaths from breast cancer.
Cervical screening is offered to all women aged between 25 and 64 years of age. It is not a test for diagnosing cervical cancer. It is a test to check the health of the cervix, which is the lower part of the womb (often called the neck of the womb). Cervical screening is also introducing testing for the human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain types of HPV can cause abnormal changes in the cervix.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common infection and most women get it at some time in their life. There are many types of HPV, and some types can cause abnormalities in the cervix. In some cases these abnormalities may, if left untreated, go on to develop into cervical cancer.
You will receive an invite for screening and can make an appointment to attend your GP surgery or if you would prefer a family planning clinic.
Two screening programmes are offered to both men and women. Bowel scope screening at age 55 and bowel screening using the FOB (faecal occult blood) home test kit from age 60.
Bowel scope screening is when a camera is used to look inside of your bowel.
Bowel screening provides you with a home testing kit and you are required to collect samples of your faeces, which are then checked for blood (This blood may not be visible to the naked eye.)
If you would like further information of any of the above screening programmes, please click on the appropriate links below:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
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