CANCER SCREENING 

Cervical Cancer Screening (Smear test)

Cervical cancer is the commonest cancer in women under 35, with 3000 women diagnosed every year in the UK. 

In the UK, cervical screening saves over 5000 lives each year by detecting and treating very early changes in the cells lining the cervix before progression to invasive cancer can occur. 

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 will be invited by letter, every 3 years, up to the age of 49, and every 5 years up to the age of 64. 

Please contact the surgery to book a smear test when you receive the invitation in the post.

Visit the NHS website for more information on cervical screening.

 

Bowel cancer screening

14% of our patients diagnosed last year with bowel cancer were found by screening. Please complete your bowel screening cancer test when you receive it in the post.

Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime.

Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when it's easier to treat. 

NHS bowel cancer screening is only offered to people aged 55 or over, as this is when you're more likely to get bowel cancer.

  • If you're 55, you'll automatically be invited for a one-off bowel scope screening test, if it's available in your area
  • If you're 60 to 74, you'll automatically be invited to do a home testing kit every 2 years
  • If you're 75 or over, you can ask for a home testing kit every 2 years by calling the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60

If you're too young for screening but are worried about a family history of bowel cancer, speak to a GP for advice.

Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age – do not wait to have a screening test.

Visit the NHS website or Bowel cancer uk for more information on bowel cancer and screening.

 

Breast cancer screening

Last year, over 77% of new breast cancer diagnosis in our patients were found by screening. Please attend for breast screening when you are invited.

About 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. If it's detected early, treatment is more successful and there's a good chance of recovery.

Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they're too small to see or feel.

As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged from 50 to their 71st birthday who are registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years.

In the meantime, if you're worried about breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump or an area of thickened tissue in a breast, or you notice that your breasts look or feel different from what's normal for you, do not wait to be offered screening, please contact the surgery to see a GP.

If you are above the age where you would be automatically invited for breast screening, you can request a mammogram directly, by contacting the Winchester Breast Screening unit on 01962 824 841, see Hampshire Hospitals website for further information.

Visit the NHS website for more information on breast cancer screening.

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