Cancer Screening

Cervical smear

Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix (the opening to your womb from your vagina).

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 are invited.

You can have your smear done at our practice, usually by one of our practice nurses, or you can opt to attend a sexual health or women's health clinic.

You'll get your results by letter, usually in about 2-6 weeks, which will also explain what will explain what will happen next.

If abnormal, you will automatically be referred for further invetsigation at a specialist gynaecology clinic.

 

If you have any symptoms of unusual bleeding or pain, please make an appointment with your doctor.

Breast cancer screening - mammogram

Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to their 71st birthday.

You'll first be invited for screening between the ages of 50 and 53.

 

If you're 71 or over, you'll stop receiving screening invitations. But you can still ask to have breast screening.

 

If you have any symptoms of a breast lump, nipple or skin changes, please make an appointment with your doctor.

Prostate cancer - PSA

There is no screening programme for prostate cancer.

More information about having the PSA blood test, if you have no symptoms, can be found here: PSA Testing.pdf

Bowel cancer screening

This is a poo sample test that checks for microscopic blood. if abnormal, you will automatically be referred for further assessment.

From April 2021, the NHS will invite those aged 50 or over, to take part in screening every two years until the age of 75.

 

If you have any symptoms of change of bowel habit, bleeding from the back passage, or unitentional weight loss, please make an appointment with your doctor.