Did you know that bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK? If you are aged 60-74, you will automatically be sent a free kit to help detect bowel cancer early.
If you are 75 or over you can call 0800 707 6060 to request your free kit. The bowel cancer screening test is called (FIT) faecal immunochemical test. It looks for tiny traces of blood. You can do the test at home.
The kit includes a detailed leaflet on how to do the test. You then can send it back in a prepaid hygienic envelope.
If you experience symptoms or a change in your bowel habits that is not normal to you please contact your GP who will arrange tests and can refer you to a specialist.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Around 55,900 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK. That is more than 150 people a day.
1 in 7 women in the UK develop breast cancer during their lifetime. It is more common in older women.
Breast cancer risk can be affected by age, family history and lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking.
The NHS has a five point plan for being breast aware:-
- know what is normal for you
- look at and feel your breasts
- know which changes to look for
- see your doctor about any unusual changes
- attend screening if you are 50 years or older
Every 3 years, patients aged between 50-70, who are registered with a GP and living in Buckinghamshire are invited to have routine mammograms.
You’ll get a free and automatic invitation so there’s no need to make your own appointment. Women attending for the first time may get an invitation between the ages of 50 and 53. If you have any questions regarding breast screening please contact 01494 425689 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
Cervical screening aims to prevent cervical cancer. The NHS cervical screening programme invites women aged between 25 and 64 for cervical screening. You can book your screening at the practice with one of our nurses and will be invited every 3 years if you are aged 25-50 and every 5 years from ages 51-64. The results come in within 2-6 weeks.
The most common symptoms of cervical cancer include:
- unusual vaginal bleeding
- pain or discomfort during sex
- vaginal discharge
- pain in the area between the hip bones (pelvis)
You should see your GP if you have any unusual bleeding