National Screening Programmes

Cervical Screening 

What is Cervical Screening?

Cervical screening (also known as a 'smear test') is a test that checks the cells from your cervix (the neck of the womb). It is designed to pick up any changes to the cells in your cervix so that they can be monitored or treated. Without treatments, the changes can sometimes develop in to cervical cancer. 

Who is eligible? 

In Scotland, anyone who is aged 25-49 and has a cervix is invited for a smear test every 3 years. Those who are aged 50-64 are invited every 5 years. Anyone who is under the age of 25 who has previously been invited for a smear teat may be invited again before they are 25. Some people may also be offered screening more frequently, up to the age of 70. 

Can I have more information?

Please click here for further information regarding cervical screening and here for further information relating to transgender communities.


Breast Screening 

What is a Breast 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.

Who is eligible? 

All women between the ages of 50 and 70 are offered breast screening every three years. This also includes trans-women who are taking hormone medication, trans-men who have not had their breasts removed and those who are non-binary who have breasts. 

Can I have more information? 

Please click here for further information regarding breast screening and here for further information relating to transgender communities. 


Bowel Screening 

What is Bowel Screening? 

Bowel screening tests for hidden blood in your poo to help detect bowel cancer. 

Who is eligible? 

In Scotland, everyone aged between 50 and 74 are invited for bowel screening every 2 years. Those who are aged 75+ can still be screened every 2 years however, they will be required to contact the Scottish Bowel Screening Centre to request a test kit as they will not automatically be sent one. 

Can I have more information? 

Please click here for further information regarding bowel screening.


 

 
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