The NHS provide screening programmes, is a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of a health problem, so that early treatment can be offered or information given to help them make informed decisions.
What types of screening are offered?
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.
If you missed your last cervical screening, you do not need to wait for a letter to book an appointment. Please speak to a member of our reception team and we can book you an appointment
Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70 to detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer.
If you’re 71 or over, you’ll stop receiving screening invitations. But you’re still eligible for screening and can arrange an appointment directly with your local breast screening unit. Please call 01543 576235 or if you prefer Lower Green Health Centre call 01384 244177
Bowel cancer screening
There are 2 types of screening for bowel cancer.
A home testing kit is offered to men and women aged 60 to 74.
Bowel scope screening uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end to look at the large bowel. It is offered to men and women at the age of 55 in some parts of England.
When it’s offered
NHS bowel cancer screening is only offered to people aged 55 or over, as this is when you’re more likely to get bowel cancer:
- if you’re 55, you’ll automatically be invited for a one-off bowel scope screening test, if it’s available in your area
- if you’re 60 to 74, you’ll automatically be invited to do a home testing kit every 2 years
- if you’re 75 or over, you can ask for a home testing kit every 2 years by calling the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60
Codsall and Bilbrook Cancer Support Group click here for more information