Cancer Screening - NHS national screening

Are you up-to-date with your cancer screenings? 


There are three national cancer screening programmes in England.

If you are a women aged 25 to 74 or a man aged 60 to 74, you are entitled to regular, free cancer screenings through the NHS.   


To make sure you’re not missing out, here’s a reminder of when you should attend your screening: 

cancer screening timeline
Screening is offered for breast, cervical and bowel cancer:
  • Screening for breast cancer is offered to women aged 50 to 70 and self-referral over 70.

  • Cervical cancer screening is offered to all women and people with a cervix between the ages of 25 to 64, with invites every three years from 25-49 and every five years from 50 to 64yrs.

  • Bowel cancer screening is offered by means of a home testing kit, every two years to everyone aged from 60 to 74.

Are you concerned that you’ve missed your screening? 

When you are due to attend any of your screenings, you will automatically be invited, usually by letter, sent to your home address (this is the address you registered with your GP Practice). 


If you’ve misplaced your invite or know you are due your screening, please contact the relevant team for each of the screening programmes, listed below: 


Cervical Screening – Contact your GP Practice 


Bowel Cancer Screening – Contact the free helpline 0800 707 60 60 


Breast ScreeningFind your nearest breast screening services online 

Why is screening important?  

Screening is one of the most effective ways of spotting early signs of cancer. 


Early diagnosis can mean that cancer is easier to treat, and in some cases, with early screening, abnormalities can be detected early enough to prevent the cancer from developing. 


The NHS offer screening for cervical, breast and bowel cancer. 

Who to contact for help or information​

GP Directory - locate your local GP


Local cancer support services - find support and information in our local cancer directory 


Cancer Care Map is a simple, online resource that aims to help you find cancer support services in your local area