Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
AAA screening is offered to men in their 65th year to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms (a dangerous swelling in the aorta). Men over 65 can self-refer.
Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70 to detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer. Women are sent their initial screening invitations sometime between their 50th and before their 53rd birthday.
Website: NHS: London Breast Screening Service
Diabetic eye screening
From the age of 12, all people with diabetes are offered an annual diabetic eye test
to check for early signs of diabetic retinopathy.
Screening in pregnancy
Pregnant women are offered the following types of screening:
- Screening for infectious diseases (hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis)
- Screening for Down’s syndrome, Patau’s syndrome and Edwards’ syndrome
- Screening for sickle cell disease and thalassaemia
- Screening for physical abnormalities (mid-pregnancy scan)
There are 2 types of screening for bowel cancer. A home testing kit is offered to men and women aged 60 to 74. Bowel scope screening uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end to look at the large bowel. It is offered to men and women at the age of 55 in some parts of England.
Types of Bowel cancer: www.nhs.uk/bowel-cancer-screening
Home testing kit: www.nhs.uk/home-test
Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25-64 to check the health of
cells in the cervix. It is offered every 3 years for those aged 26 to 49, and
every 5 years from the ages of 50 to 64.