Did you know 16,000 people in Cheshire and Merseyside are diagnosed with cancer every year, which is higher than the England average?
Screening can detect cancer at an early stage, and if detected early then treatment can start early and is more likely to work. Screening is always a choice, and any aspect of the screening process can be discussed with a health professional to enable an informed decision to be made.
There are three main types of cancer screening available across Cheshire and Merseyside:
Breast screening invitations
Invitations are sent every three years to women, some transgender men and some non-binary people aged 50-71 (does not apply to 71+) who are registered with a GP.
Bowel screening kits
All people aged 60-74 (now including 56 and 58-year-olds as of April 2021) registered with a GP are sent a home screening kit every two years. If 75 years and over you can request a kit every two years by phoning 0800 707 60 60.
Cervical screening invitations
Invitations are sent to women, some transgender men and some non-binary people who are registered with a GP. Every three years for 25–49-year-olds and every five years for 50–64-year-olds.
You can find out more about cancer screening via Early Detect. Early Protect.