Cancer screening

Cancer screening involves three national screening programs: bowel, breast and cervical screening.

Bowel cancer screening

Bowel cancer screening checks if you could have bowel cancer and is available to everyone aged 60 to 74 years. Regular NHS bowel cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from bowel cancer as bowel cancer is the 3rd most common type of cancer. Screening helps prevent bowel cancer or detects it early when treatment is more effective.

Getting Your Home Test Kit

  • Everyone aged 60 to 74 years registered with a GP in England receives an NHS bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years.
  • The program is expanding to include everyone aged 50 to 59 years.
  • If you’re 75 or over, call the free bowel cancer screening helpline at 0800 707 60 60 to request a kit.

Watch this video on using the NHS bowel cancer screening FIT kit.

Read more about bowel cancer screening by visiting the NHS UK website.

Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer screening aims to detect early signs of breast cancer. Breast screening services use x-rays called mammograms to check for signs of cancer. Mammograms are offered automatically by letter in the post for women aged 50 to 71 years.

Regular breast screening can find breast cancer before you notice any signs or symptoms and early detection leads to better outcomes.

You can read more about breast cancer screening by visiting the NHS UK website.

Cervical cancer screening

Cervical screening, also known as a smear test, is a test to check the health of the cervix and help prevent cervical cancer. It’s offered to women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64.

For those aged 25 and 49 years old there is a 3 yearly screening test, and those between 50 and 64 years of age have a 5 yearly test. This is a quick and painless procedure performed at the practice by one of our nurses (appointment is required).

Read more about cervical screening by visiting the NHS UK website.