NHS Screening Programmes
Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition.
Some of the NHS screening programmes are widely know about. These include:
The NHS Breast Screening Programme that invites women aged 50 to 70 for screening every three years. Those over 70 are encouraged to make their own appointments. The programme aims to detect and treat breast cancer early.
The Cervical Screening Programme that invites women aged 26 to 50 for screening every three years and those aged 50 to 64 every five years. The programme aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting and treating cervical abnormalities before they cause problems.
NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme that invites men and women in their sixties to be screened for bowel cancer every two years. Participants are sent a kit which they use at home then send to a laboratory for testing. People aged 70 and over can request a kit.
There are also number of NHS antenatal and newborn screening programmes:
.... and others for young people and adults:
Lots more information on NHS screening programmes can be found on the NHS screening website