Bowel Cancer Screening

When diagnosed at the earliest stage, more than 9 in 10 people will survive bowel cancer for more than 5 years and screening is an effective way to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, before symptoms show.

The introduction of the NEW FIT screening in 2019 for 60-74 year olds is a key step forward. It’s easier and it’s more accurate than the test that preceded it.

The test is intended for people without any signs or symptoms suggestive of bowel cancer therefore capturing cancer at its earliest stages.

Website: Cancer Research: New Fit Screening

Easy Guide to Cervical Screening

This information leaflet aims to help make sure cervical screening is equally accessible to women who have a learning disability or who struggle with written English.

Leaflet: Gov UK: Easy Guide Cervical Screening

Cervical Screening (Smear Test) – Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Find out what cervical screening is for, who is invited and what to expect at your appointment.


NHS Breast Screening Programme Incident

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England (NHSE) have become aware of an issue with the NHS Breast Screening Programme, which has led to some women not being invited for their final screen between their 68th and 71st birthday.

Any women who have missed their final screen, who are aged 70-79 on 1 April 2018 will be written to. You will be invited for a catch-up breast screen and do not need to do anything now. Invitations to women who are registered with a GP practice in England will be sent by the end of May 2018, and all women affected who wish to have a breast screen will receive an appointment to take place before the end of October 2018.

Telephone: 0800 169 2692

Website: NHS UK: Breast Screening Program

Cervical Screening

Cervical screening reduces the number of deaths from cervical cancer by finding potentially harmful cells before they become cancerous, ensuring women get the right treatment as soon as possible. It is not a test for cancer, it is a test to help prevent cancer.

All women and people with a cervix aged between 25-64 should be invited by letter for a screening.

Leaflet: Gov UK: Cervical Screening Information

Prostate Cancer

Should I have a PSA test? Information for well men considering a PSA test can be found on the NHS UK website.

Leaflet: Prostate Cancer Info Sheet


Women aged 50-70 will be offered breast screening every 3 years, women aged over 70 can request one directly (they do not need to have symptoms).

In our area women may be offered a screening from aged 47-73 as part of an extended age roll-out.

Telephone: 0118 322 8282