Cancer screening

Screening and earlier diagnosis

NHS cancer screening programmes can help to diagnose cancer or risk of cancer earlier and improve the likelihood of successful treatment.

There are three national cancer screening programmes in England.

  • Cervical screening
  • Breast screening
  • Bowel screening


If you are eligible, please make every effort to have your screening test. Screening tests can detect a problem early, before you have any symptoms. Finding out about a problem early can mean that treatment is more effective.


Screening is offered for breast cancer, cervical cancer and bowel cancer:

  • Screening for breast cancer is offered to women aged 50-70 and self-referral over 70.
  • Cervical cancer screening is offered to women between the ages of 25 to 64, with invites every three years from 25-49 and every five years from 50 to 64yrs.
  •  Bowel cancer screening is offered by means of a home testing kit, every two years to those aged from 60 to 74.


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The following links have more useful information about cancer screening:

More information - My Health Essex