Screening for bowel, breast and cervical cancer enables early detection and treatment, which can increase survival chances considerably.
If you are worried about a specific problem, or worried about the risks of cancer, then you should talk to your GP. Cancer screening saves lives; it is important you attend your screening appointments.
Are you aged between 60-74? Did you receive a screening kit in the post but did not complete and return it? If you would like to take part, and need a screening kit, call 0800 707 6060
All women aged 25 to 50 yrs who have not had a hysterectomy should have regular cervical smears every three years. For women aged 50 – 65 the interval should be every five years. If possible please see the practice nurse for these to be done. Contrary to common belief, your sexual orientation does not affect the need for regular smears.
If you do not want to have a smear and want to opt out this time or be removed from the screening list, please complete the disclaimer form below and return it to us. If at any time you change your mind and want a smear done, do not hesitate to contact the surgery.
Smear Disclaimer Form
Breast screening is currently offered to women aged 50 to their 71st birthday in England.
But currently there's a trial to examine the effectiveness of offering some women one extra screen between the ages of 47 and 49 and one between the ages of 71 and 73.
You'll first be invited for screening between within 3 years of your 50th birthday, although in some areas you'll be invited from the age of 47 as part of the age extension trial.
You may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50 if you have a very high risk of developing breast cancer. For more information, read having a family history of breast cancer.
If you're 71 or over, you'll stop receiving screening invitations.
You can still have screening once you are 71 or over if you want to, and can arrange an appointment by contacting your local screening unit or GP.