Cervical Cancer Screening
- Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina.
- It's not a test for cancer, it's a test to help prevent cancer.
- All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter.
- During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix.
- The sample is tested for changes to the cells of your cervix.
- Finding abnormal changes early means they can be monitored or treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.
- You'll get your results by letter, usually in about 2 weeks.
Click here to learn more about what to expect when you go for your cervical screening
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Calling all women aged 25-64
Don't risk dying of embarrassment
"I'm too embarrassed to go for my smear test..."
"I've just had mine, the nurse was great. Really friendly. They have seen it all before!"
Cervical screening saves lives.
Don't be the one missing out...
For more information see your GP or visit screeningsaveslives.co.uk
Bowel Cancer Screening
Bowel cancer is a common type of cancer in both men and women. About 1 in 20 people will get it during their lifetime. Screening can help detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when it's easier to treat. It can also be used to help check for and remove small growths in the bowel called polyps, which can turn into cancer over time.
Click here to find out more about how to do the test
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Bowel cancer: the facts
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK
Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed.
That's almost 42,000 people every year
Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer. However it shouldn't be because it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early
It is more common in people over 50, but it can affect men and women of any age
Breast Cancer Screening
- Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they're too small to see or feel.
- But there are some risks of breast cancer screening that you should be aware of.
- As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged from 50 to their 71st birthday, and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years.In the meantime, if you're worried about breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump or area of thickened tissue in a breast, or you notice that your breasts look or feel different from what's normal for you, don't wait to be offered screening – see your GP.
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Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives
Talk to your doctor about mammograms
98% of breast cancer patients survive when diagnosed early
85% of breast cancers occur in women with no family history
2nd leading cause of cancer death in women
Starting at the age of 40, women should talk to their doctor about when to start mammograms
Gender: Being a woman is the #1 risk factor, but men can get breast cancer too
Age: Incidence increases with age
Family: Risk nearly doubles in women with a first-degree relative (mother/sister/daughter) with breast cancer
Ethnicity: Leading cause of death for Hispanic women. More common in African Americal women under age 45
Genetics: 5-10% of breast cancers are caused by inherited genetic mutations in genes
Early detection - Get a Mammogram!
Maintain a healthy weight
Do not smoke
Eat fruit, veggies and whole grains
Exercise 30 minutes a day
Healthy lifestyle choices are associated with lower cancer incidence