Why is cancer screening important?
Cancer screening is available for some cancers to our patients with a series of structured, organised national programmes. People are invited to take part, usually by letter. Some programmes involve the practice directly, e.g. by delivering cervical screening to an invited population, but the majority operate with us being informed of non-attendance and outcomes of screening. Screening is associated with the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer – through screening, around 63% of cancers detected are diagnosed at stage 1, compared to 2% diagnosed at stage 4.
The earlier the stage a cancer is diagnosed; the more treatment options may be available and the better the chance of survival for patients.
Breast cancer screening - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Bowel cancer screening - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Cervical screening - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Cervical screening: information leaflets - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)