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The NHS offers free routine screening for some of the most common cancers. Screening can pick up problems early, sometimes even before they develop into cancer. Screening saves lives and we strongly recommend that everyone accepts invitations to screening 

Breast

All women aged between 50 and 70 for breast screening will receive an invitation letter for screening every three years. Since 2009, we have started inviting women from the age of 47 to 73 as well.

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Which is the second most common cancer in women aged 35 and under. Regular screening helps prevent cervical cancer. Women are invited for screening (smear test) from the age of 25. Between 25 and 49 screening is every two years. From 50 to 64 it is every five years.

After 65 only women who have not been screened since 50 or have had an abnormal screen need to continue. Email cervix@hf-pct.nhs.uk if you have any queries.

Bowel

In 2008 the new bowel screening programme was rolled out in Hammersmith and Fulham. All `men and women aged 60 to 69 are offered screening every two years. The programme sends a simple self-testing kit to patients to do at home and post back for analysis. Results are returned within two weeks.

If you fall into any of these age groups and have not had a screen in the recommended time period, please speak to one of the practice staff.

 
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