Cancer Screening

Cancer screening involves testing apparently healthy people for signs of the disease.

It can save lives by finding cancers at an early stage, or even preventing them. Screening is not the same as the tests a person may have when doctors are diagnosing or treating cancer.

There are 3 types of cancer screening available currently on the NHS – cervical screening, breast screening and bowel screening.

Cervical screening

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter. Appointment is offered at the practice. Please contact the surgery and book an appointment.

Please see the NHS website or Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website for further information regarding cervical screening.

Bowel screening

Bowel cancer screening is offered every 2 years to men and women aged 60 to 74. Bowel screening kit can also be requested directly by calling free helpline number 0800 707 60 60.

People older than this can ask for a screening kit every 2 years by calling the free helpline on 0800 707 60 60. An additional one-off test called bowel scope screening is being introduced in England for men and women in their 56th year.

Please see the NHS website for further information.

Breast Screening

All women aged from 50 to their 71st birthday who are registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years.

If you have missed your breast screening appointment and/or would like to re-schedule your appointment, please contact : The Rose Centre, St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust Tel: 020 8725 1534

Please see the NHS website for further information.