Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer screening (smear tests) are used to detect early signs of cervical cancer in women. The screenings help to identify abnormal cells that may eventually lead to cancer, allowing for early intervention and treatment. The most common screening test is the smear, which involves checking the cervix (the neck of the womb) for the presence of human papilloma virus (HPV). Screening may detect abnormal cells before they turn into cancer, and regular screening can prevent cancer from developing. It is recommended that anyone with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 get screened for cervical cancer regularly. Appointments for your smear tests can be booked through your GP. For more information on cervical screening visit Cervical screening - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer screening is the best way to detect breast cancer early, before symptoms developed. The most common screening test for breast cancer is a mammogram, which uses X-rays to create images of breast tissue. It is recommended that women between the ages of 50 and 71 attend screenings every 3 years, and women who are classed as high risk for breast cancer (such as those with a family history of the disease) may need to begin screening earlier and attend appointments more frequently. In addition to mammograms, women should perform self-examinations on their breasts and report any changes in their breast tissue to their GP. More information on this can be found here: Check your breasts | Breast Cancer UK.
Mammograms are not perfect and some cancers will not be visible, which is why it is essential for women to be familiar with their own breasts and report any changes. For more information on breast screening visit Breast screening (mammogram) - NHS (www.nhs.uk). You can call 0151 282 6920/6921 or email bscreening@rlbuht.nhs.uk to book your breast screening. 


Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel cancer screening is a way to detect early signs of colon or rectal cancer, also known as colorectal cancer. . The most common screening test for bowel cancer is a faecal immunochemical (FIT) test, which looks for hidden blood in the stool. Bowel cancer screening can detect early signs of cancer before symptoms develop, and regular screenings can help prevent cancer from developing. It is recommended that adults aged 60-74 years old should participate in bowel cancer screening every 2 years. Some people may have an increased risk of bowel cancer due to genetic or lifestyle factors and may require earlier and more frequent screening. To order you bowel screening kit please contact 0800 707 60 60. For more information on bowel screening visit Bowel cancer screening - NHS (www.nhs.uk). You can order your bowel screening kit by calling the helpline on 0800 707 60 60.


If you have any queries regarding screening, you can speak to our Cancer Screening Care Coordinator Louise by contacting 07548832721 or email louise.cook@livgp.nhs.uk.

Alternatively, you can email AintreePCN.CareCoordinators@livgp.nhs.uk