Screening is a method of finding out if people are at higher risk of a health problem, so that early treatment can be offered. There are three types of cancer screenings offered in the UK; Bowel Cancer Screening, Breast Screening and Cervical Screening.
Bowel Cancer Screening:
A home testing kit is offered to men and women aged 60 to 74. Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime. For more information on Bowel Cancer Screening, please click here
Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70, to detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer (please ask at the surgery for the self-referral form if you are over 70). More information on breast screening can be found here.
An easy read leaflet about breast screening for people with learning disabilities can be found here.
Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64 to check the health of cells in the cervix. It is offered every 3 years for those aged 26 to 49, and every 5 years from the ages of 50 to 64. This is done at the practice and is a 15 minute appointment with the Practice Nurse. More information on Cervical Screening can be found here.
New Cancer Diagnosis’s
The practice recently undertook an Audit on new cancer diagnosis’s and how many of these were detected through screening programmes. The results of the Audit are as below:
Audit period - 13.11.2017 to 20.11.2018
Total number of cancers diagnosed in the above period - 47
Total number of cancers detected from screening programmes - 8
Percentage of cancers found from screening – 17%
Cancers found from:
Bowel Screening Programme - 1
Breast Screening Programme - 7
Cervical Screening - 0
Finding and treating cancer at an early stage can save lives. Cancer that is diagnosed at an early stage, when it isn’t too large and hasn’t spread, is more likely to be treated successfully. If cancer spreads, effective treatment becomes more difficult, and generally a person’s chances of surviving are much lower. If you fall into one of the above screening category’s and have been invited for screening, make sure you attend as it could potentially save your life! For more information on why early diagnosis of cancer is important, please click here