Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK. Screening for bowel cancer is offered to all men and women aged 50–74.
If you are eligible, a free test kit will be sent to your home every two years.
Bowel Cancer Screening information (English)
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Bowel Cancer Screening information (Traditional Chinese)
Bowel cancer screening information (Polish)
Although bowel cancer is common, it is also highly treatable if detected early. If we find bowel cancer early enough, there’s more than a 90% chance of successful treatment. The sooner it’s caught, the easier it is to treat.
In Scotland, bowel screening prevents 150 deaths from bowel cancer every year.
If you’re 75 or over you can still take a bowel screening test every two years if you want to. We won’t automatically send you a test kit every two years though, so you’ll need to ask us for one.
It’s still free – just call the Bowel Screening Centre Helpline on 0800 0121 833 (text phone 180010800 0121 833).
Breast screening is a test for breast cancers that are too small to see or feel.
Women between the ages of 50 and 70 are invited for breast screening every three years. If you're over the age of 70 you can still have screening if you would like it but you need to make an appointment at your local screening centre.
The breast screening test involves taking x-rays of your breasts - this is called a mammogram. You will receive your results by letter around 3 weeks after your mammogram.
Cervical Screening (smear test)
The cervical screening (smear) test is designed to check cells from the cervix (neck of the womb) for any changes. Without treatment these changes can sometimes develop into cervical cancer.
Cervical screening can stop cervical cancer before it starts.
Women between the ages of 25 and 49 are invited for a smear test every 3 years and women between the ages of 50 and 64 are invited every 5 years.
Smear tests are usually done at your GP surgery by the practice nurse. When you receive your invitation letter contact your surgery to make an appointment. You should make an appointment for a day when you won't have your period.
You will receive the results of your smear test by post within about 4 weeks.
Cervical Cancer Screening information (English)
Cervical Cancer Screening information (Urdu)
Cervical Cancer Screening information (Traditional Chinese)
Cervical cancer screening information (Polish)
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