Cancer screening

Screening is a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of developing a health problem. Early treatment can then be offered or information given to help them make informed decisions.

There are three types of cancer screening for adults in England, and they save thousands of lives each year. It's strongly recommended that you accept screening when offered.

Non-cancer screening programmes are also available. You can find more information on NHS Choices.

Bowel cancer screening in Southwark

Anyone aged 60-74 should be screened for bowel cancer every 2 years. If you think you might be eligible for bowel cancer screening and haven't received a home testing kit in the post, call 0800 707 60 60.  

You can find more information on bowel cancer screening on NHS Choices.

Cervical cancer screening in Southwark

Women should be screened for cervical cancer every 3 years if you're aged 25 to 49 and every 5 years if you're aged 50 to 64. If you haven’t received an invitation letter, contact your local GP.

You can find more information on cervical cancer screening on NHS Choices.

Breast cancer screening in Southwark

All women aged 50 to 70 should be screened for breast cancer every 3 years.  If you haven't received an invitation letter, contact the South East London Breast Screening Service.

You can find more information on breast cancer screening on NHS Choices.

Page last updated: 02 March 2017