Screening programmes

screening programmes

Cancer screening

Cancer screening involves testing apparently healthy people for signs of the disease. It can often find cancers at an early stage, or even prevent them, saving lives in the process.

In Scotland there are three national screening programmes

Breast screening

Cervical screening

Bowel screening

There is no screening programme for prostate cancer because the PSA test is not reliable enough, but men over 50 can ask their doctor about it.

Benefits and risks of screening

Screening saves lives. However, no test is 100% accurate. There’s still the chance that cancers can be missed and there are other risks too.

Your choice

Whether you choose to attend screening or not is up to you. Don't ignore your invite. You should read what's inside and make your decision. To find out more about the benefits and risks of screening visit NHS Inform.

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