Screening is a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of a health problem so that early treatment can be offered or information given to help them make informed decisions. If you are sent an appointment, it is important that you attend.

Diabetic Eye Screening

Diabetic retinopathy is among the most common causes of sight loss in the working age population. All people with diabetes are at some risk of getting diabetic retinopathy.

An annual diabetic eye test is offered to all diabetics to check for early signs of the condition.

For more information on Diabetic retinopathy:

Find Diabetic eye screening services in your area


Cervical screening

Cervical screening is a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix.

All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening at their GP practice.

It is offered to women:

  • Aged 25 to 49 – every three years
  •  Aged 50 to 64 – every five years
  • Aged over 65 – if they haven’t had a screen since age 50 or with recent abnormal tests

Some well woman clinics or sexual health clinics also offer cervical screening.


Breast Screening

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

It is offered to women aged 50 to 70.

Find breast screening units in your area.


Bowel cancer screening

There are two types of screening for bowel cancer.

To detect cases of bowel cancer, two types of screening is offered to adults registered with a GP in England:

A home testing kit is offered to men and women aged 60 to 74 every two years.  It is sent home through the post. To ask for this test kit please call the freephone helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

Bowel scope screening is an additional one-off test offered to men and women at the age of 55, it uses a thin flexible tube with tiny camera on the end to look at the large bowel.


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

AAA screening is a way of detecting a dangerous swelling (aneurysm) of the aorta – the main blood vessel that runs from the heart, down through the abdomen to the rest of the body.

The screening is offered to men in their 65th year.  Men over the age of 65 can self-refer.

Find local AAA screening services

Last Updated On: 18/07/2016

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