South West London Screening www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk
The NHS runs three National Cancer Screening Programmes.
Research suggests that around half of all cancers could be prevented by:
Changes to lifestyle, knowing how to avoid risk of cancer and screening to detect early changes.
Breast Screening Programme Women (aged 50-70)
- Known as a mammogram
- X-ray examination of the breasts to find any small changes in the breast before there are any signs or symptoms of cancer
- Test only takes a few minutes
- Breast cancer risk increases as women get older
- Women automatically invited every three years. The age will extend from 47-73 by 2016
- Women aged over 70 can still attend breast screening by contacting the screening unit.
- Breast screening is organised by South West London Breast Screening Unit
- They can be contacted by telephone: 020 8725 2723 or their website: www.swlbreastscreening.co.uk
Cervical Screening Programme women (aged 25-64)
- Known as a smear test
- One in ten women the test shows changes in the cells
- Most changes will not lead to cancer, but early detection and treatment can prevent cancer from developing
- Precancerous changes in the cervix occur most commonly between the ages of 30 and 50
- Women are automatically invited once every three years between 25-49, then every 5 years between the ages of 50-65.
- The test takes place at our Surgery, or Family planning clinics.
Bowel Screening Programme men and women (aged 60-74)
- The test kit is sent by the screening centre to the patients home address and includes complete instructions for use
- Screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage when treatment is more likely to be effective
- About 1 in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime
- Screening is offered to men and women every 2 years from the ages of 60 to 74
- Patients over the age of 74 can request a cancer screening kit calling the bowel cancer screening programme telephone 0800 707 6060.