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Prevention Better than Cure


Bowel Cancer Screening

The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is now available in this area.

If you are aged 60-69 and registered with a GP, you will automatically be sent a free kit that can detect early signs of bowel cancer.  If you are 70 or over, you can request a kit by calling freephone 0800 707 6060.

For further information on the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme please click on the link below  



A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast.

The NHS breast screening programme uses mammograms to screen for breast cancer in women in the UK from the age of 50 to 70. Women over 70 can request screening every 3 years by contacting their local breast screening unit. In England, the programme is currently being expanded and will offer mammograms to women between the ages of 47 and 73.

The current evidence suggests that breast screening reduces the number of deaths from breast cancer by about 1,300 a year in the UK.

 Cervical Smears 

The aim of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and the number of women who die from the condition. Since the screening programme was introduced in the 1980s, the number of cervical cancer cases has decreased by about 7% each year.

All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years.

Being screened regularly means that any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing.

It is estimated that early detection and treatment can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers.

Read about why cervical screening is recommended and when cervical screening is recommended.

NHS Health Checks

The free NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. For adults in England aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, it checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is. This guide explains what happens at the check, when and how you get one, and how to lower your risk.

If you're in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter from your GP or local authority inviting you for a free NHS Health Check. Don't worry if you haven't got your invitation yet, as you will be invited for one over the next few years. In the meantime, there are other ways of getting your health checked, as this guide shows.

There are many upsides to having an NHS Health Check, at no cost to you. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing something dangerous like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. Your NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer.

Once you've had your NHS Health Check, your healthcare professional will discuss your results with you. You'll be given advice and support to help you lower your risk and maintain or improve your vascular health. But you don't have to wait until your NHS Health Check appointment to make healthy changes. Get started now with these health apps and trackers.

To make an appointment with the nurse for a NHS Health Check please contact Lambgates Health Centre.


Follow the link below for more information on the free NHS Health Check

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