Cancer Screening/Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Letters are sent out to relevant patients for the following screening programmes:

Breast Screening

Women aged between 50 and 70 are routinely offered breast screening every 3 years. This is now being extended to women between the ages of 47 to 73. The age extension of the programme is expected to be completed by 2016

Cytology Screening

Cervical cytology screening is routinely offered to all women between the ages of 24 yrs and 6 months to 64. Women between the ages of 24 yrs and 6 months to 50 are recalled every 3 years and women aged between 50 and 64 are called for every 5 years.

Bowel Screening

The NHS bowel screening programme aims to detect bowel cancer early, when successful treatment and cure is more likely. Screening is offered every 2 years to people aged between 56 – 74.

If you are 75 or over you can ask for the test by calling the freephone helpline on 0800 707 6060

Aortic Aneurysm Screening

The NHS invites men for AAA screening during the year they turn 65. Men over 65 who have not been screened previously can arrange a screening appointment by contacting their local programme directly. Telephone 0115 9249924 and ask for extension 62394 or 62378.

It is important that patients should consult their GP if they are concerned about a problem and not wait until their next recall is due.