Cancer Screening



Simply put, screening saves lives!


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


Early diagnosis and 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.

Screening & earlier diagnosis

NHS cancer screening programmes can help to diagnose cancer or risk of cancer earlier and improve the likelihood of successful treatment.


There are three national cancer screening programmes in England.

  • Cervical screening

  • Breast screening

  • Bowel screening

Screening is offered for breast cancer, cervical cancer 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 women 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 those aged from 60 to 74.

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

If you have received an invite but misplaced it, please call your GP to find out how to book your screening.

cancer screening timeline


If you are eligible, please make every effort to have your screening test.


Screening tests can detect a problem early, before you have any symptoms.


Finding out about a problem early can mean that treatment is more effective.

For more information


The following links have more useful information about cancer screening: