Screening for bowel, breast and cervical cancer enables early detection and treatment, which can increase survival chances considerably.
If you are worried about a specific problem, or worried about the risks of cancer, then you should talk to your GP. Cancer screening saves lives; it is important you attend your screening appointments.
Are you aged between 60-74? Did you receive a screening kit in the post but did not complete and return it? If you would like to take part, and need a screening kit, call 0800 707 6060
Cervical Screening (Smears)
When? Cervical screening is offered to women between the ages of 25 and 50 every 3 years and every 5 years for women between 50 and 65 years. If all smears have been normal, there is no need to have further smears beyond age 65. For what, why and how, click here.
Please book an appointment with one of our nurses once you have received your text/letter invite.
Contrary to common belief, your sexual orientation does not affect the need for regular smears.
If you do not want to have a smear and want to opt out this time or be removed from the screening list, please complete the disclaimer form below and return it to us. If at any time you change your mind and want a smear done, do not hesitate to contact the surgery.
Smear Disclaimer Form
Breast screening is currently offered to women aged 50 to their 71st birthday in England.
But currently there's a trial to examine the effectiveness of offering some women one extra screen between the ages of 47 and 49 and one between the ages of 71 and 73.
You'll first be invited for screening between within 3 years of your 50th birthday, although in some areas you'll be invited from the age of 47 as part of the age extension trial.
You may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50 if you have a very high risk of developing breast cancer. For more information, read having a family history of breast cancer.
If you're 71 or over, you'll stop receiving screening invitations.
You can still have screening once you are 71 or over if you want to, and can arrange an appointment by contacting your local screening unit or GP.
We know from our research that not everyone finds smear tests easy, for many reasons, such as embarrassment or fear. So we have collated these tips from Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust that could help make your smear test easier.
Bring someone you trust
They can be with you in the waiting room or during your appointment
Ask for a smaller speculum
A smaller size may be more comfortable for you
Wear a skirt or dress
If you want to wear one, you can keep it on during your smear test
Talk to your nurse
If you need any support or have questions, your nurse can help
What is cervical screening (a smear test)?
Cervical screening is a free health test that helps prevent cervical cancer. It checks for cell changes (abnormal cells) on your cervix caused by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). It is not a test for cancer.
You might hear cervical screening being called a smear test. This is just a different name for the same test.
Who can have cervical screening?
In the UK, you are automatically invited for cervical screening if you are:
- between the ages of 25 to 64
- registered as female with a GP surgery.
You are invited:
- every 3 years between age 25 and 49
- every 5 years between age 50 and 64.
You may get your first invite up to 6 months before you turn 25. You can book an appointment as soon as you get the invite.
It is very rare to develop cervical cancer:
- under the age of 25
- over the age of 64, if you have had regular cervical screening.
Jo's Trust has more information if you are under 25 or if you are 65 or over.
If you are worried about any symptoms, you should get them checked by your doctor or nurse, whatever your age.
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for further information and advice.
To find out more click on the cancer pages on the left or go to the NHS Choices website.
Or click on one of the links below:
Bowel Cancer Sceening
Breast Cancer Screening
Cervical Cancer Screening