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Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

To detect cases of bowel cancer sooner, everyone aged 60-74 is invited to carry out a faecal occult blood (FOB) test. Every two years, they're sent a home test kit, which is used to collect a stool sample. If you're 75 or over, you can ask for this test by calling the freephone helpline on 0800 707 6060. Taking part in bowel cancer screening reduces your chances of dying from bowel cancer.

You do the test yourself in the privacy of your own home. You'll receive the results of your FOB test within two weeks of sending in the test kit.

An additional one-off test called bowel scope screening is gradually being introduced in England. This is offered to men and women at the age of 55. It involves a doctor or nurse using a thin, flexible instrument to look inside the lower part of the bowel.

For more information visit: NHS Choices or look at this leaflet.


Breast Cancer Screening Programme

About one in eight women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There's a good chance of recovery if it's detected in its early stages. As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women who are aged 50-70 are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years. The procedure is carried out by female members of staff who take mammograms (X-rays).  If you wish to book an appointment please contact the Oxford Breast Screening Service at the Churchill Hospital on 01865 235621.

Mammograms are carried out at in a special clinic in the Churchill Hospital. The results of the mammogram will be sent to you and your GP no later than two weeks after your appointment.

For more information visit: NHS Choices or look at this leaflet or this e-book from the American National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Cervical Cancer Screening Programme

A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix (the entrance to the womb). Cervical screening isn't a test for cancer; it's a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix – but detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer. All women aged 25 to 49 are invited every three years, dropping to every five years for women aged 50 to 64.

Smears are taken at your GP practice, usually carried out by the Practice Nurse. The cell sample is then sent off to a laboratory for analysis and you and your GP should receive the result within two weeks.

For more information visit: NHS Choices or look at this leaflet.


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