Benefits of medical/health screening:
It might take the form of a physical examination and/or appropriate tests, with either a wait for results and a consultation or an immediate result.
Screening is able to identify conditions such as cancers as early as possible, to improve the success of treatments and make the treatments less aggressive, as in breast and bowel cancer.
What is available on the NHS?
The NHS offers screening, free of charge, to identify pre-existing health problems of which you may not be aware, nor be exhibiting any symptoms. The NHS screening may be as part of a national programme for specific groups or may be opportunistic screening when a patient discusses or relates a problem with their GP.
* Bowel Cancer
All men and women aged 60 - 69 years old. You will have been sent a home test kit. Those 70 years old or over can self refer.
* Cervical Cancer
Women in the age groups: 25-49 years old (3 yearly), 50-64 years old (5 yearly) and 65+ years old (only those who have not been screened since the age of 50 years old or have had recent abnormal tests). You will be sent a letter inviting you for a smear test. The tests are performed by a nurse in the treatment room at the surgery.
Screening is recommended for all sexually active 15-24 year olds. We offer screening at the surgery and this is done via a simple urine test.
* Breast Cancer
Women aged 50-69 years old, every 3 years, although this is changing to 47-73 years old. You will be sent a letter inviting you to book a Mammogram. If you are 70 years or over, you can request a test every 3 years. Mammograms are offered at The Parapet Breast Unit based in King Edward Hospital, Windsor.
* Prostate Cancer
There is no screening programme. However, there is an 'informed choice' programme to assist men in deciding whether to go ahead with a test.
* Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
This is available to all men 65 or over. It is a national programme and those eligible will be invited by letter. You can self refer by contacting your local centre. Please click on this link for more information: http://aaa.screening.nhs.uk/whereyoulive