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Abdominal Aortic Aneurism Screening (AAA)

  • Men aged 65 and over are eligible for AAA 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
  • Screening involves an ultrasound scan that takes around 10 minutes
  • The NHS AAA Screening Programme aims to reduce deaths from ruptured AAA amongst men aged 65 and over by up to 50%

Local AAA screening is carried out at…………………………………………….

For further details telephone 01865 572636 or you can visit: www.aaa.screening.nhs.uk/public

Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective. Bowel cancer screening can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.

The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69.This age range is currently being extended to 60 to 74. People in the invitation age range are automatically sent an invitation, then their screening kit, so they can do the test at home.

After your first screening test, you will be sent another invitation and screening kit every two years until you reach 69 (74 in areas where age extension has already started). If you are over the invitation age range, you can ask for a screening kit every two years by calling 0800 707 6060.

For further information you can visit: www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/bowel/

 

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast screening (mammography) is an x-ray examination of the breasts which can show small changes in the breast before there are any other signs or symptoms.

All women aged between 50 and 70 are automatically invited for breast screening every three years. Women are invited via their doctors’ practices in turn so they will not necessarily get their invitation in the year that they turn 50. Provided they are registered with a doctor, women are invited before their 53rd birthday. As breast cancer risk increases with age, women over the age of 70 who are not automatically invited, are still encouraged to attend breast screening and need to contact the unit to make an appointment (…….) The NHS is also beginning to extend the age range to include both younger and older women onto the programme so you may in future receive an invitation if you are outside this age range.

The screening will take place either in the hospital or in a mobile unit, which generally is located centrally to the town.

Once the x-rays are taken they are processed and reported on by two qualified clinicians. Generally the results should be available within two weeks but occasionally women are called back because the appearance on the x-ray suggest that more tests are needed. However most women will not have any problems and will be called again in three years time.

For further information regarding breast screening please visit:

 

Cervical Smears

All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years. You will receive an invitation to attend from the Health Authority.

Being screened regularly means that any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing. It is estimated that early detection and treatment can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers.

Cervical smear tests are carried out by the Practice Nurses at our surgeries. The best time to have the test done is in the middle of your cycle. Call the surgery appointments line and ask to book an appointment for a smear test with the nurse.  The results of your test will be sent to you by post.

For further information, you can visit the NHS websites:

Prostate Cancer Screening

There is no organised screening programme for prostate cancer but an informed choice programme, Prostate Cancer Risk Management has been introduced. If you are worried about a specific problem or otherwise worried about the risks of cancer, then you should make an appointment to see your doctor. For further information, you can also visit:  www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/prostate/