Breast Screening

Breast Cancer Screening is offered to people over the age of 50 and is an important screening process for early detection of any Breast Cancer.

If you fail to respond to their invitation or do not receive one and you wish to have the screening then please contact the Breast Screening Service on 0161 291 4444

Bowel Screening

Bowel cancer is relatively common. When identified at an early stage it can often be cured. Diagnosis at a later stage may potentially mean more extensive surgery, or the need for additional treatments such as chemotherapy, and often an overall much poorer outlook.

Bowel screening can identify bowel cancer before it even causes any noticeable symptoms. Cancers found through screening have a much better prognosis and can often be cured. A screening kit is sent to people aged 60-74 every two years. Bowel screening is safe, easy and painless. You simply transfer samples of your poo onto the screening card, following the instructions in the kit.

You can call the Screening freephone number 0800 707 6060 for further details and to request your free kit.

You should continue to be aware of any bowel symptoms such as:

  • A persistent change in your bowel habit, especially going to the toilet more often (or diarrhoea) for several weeks.
  • Bleeding from the back passage without any obvious reason.
  • Abdominal pain, especially if it is severe.
  • A lump in your abdomen.

Please remember that these symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have bowel cancer, but if you have one or more of these symptoms you should discuss these with your GP.

AAA Screening

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening is offered for early detection of an Aneurysm.

In England, screening for AAA is offered to men during the year they turn 65.

Men aged 65 or over are most at risk of AAAs. Screening can help spot a swelling in the aorta early on when it can be treated.

Screening for AAA is not routinely offered to:

  • Women.
  • Men under 65.
  • People who have already been treated for an AAA.

This is because the risk of an AAA is much smaller in these groups.

You can ask for a scan to check for an AAA if you think you might need one but have not been offered a screening test.

If you fail to respond to their invitation or do not receive one and you wish to have the screening then please contact the AAA Screening Service on 0161 291 5716 (Monday –Friday between 9 am and 4.30 pm).