One in three people will be affected by cancer at some stage in their life. It is important not to hide away from cancer but to spot it early on.

Within Your Surgery

Our GP’s have years of expertise in identifying cancer symptoms and referring patients appropriately, in a timely manner. You will have access to a cervical smear clinic provided by the practice nurses within your surgery. Taking part in national screening programmes for Bowel, Breast, and Cervical cancers can increase the chances of cancer being found early, giving you a better chance to stay healthy for longer.

Within the PCN

We have a dedicated GP cancer lead who is working with nurses and GPs within the surgeries to provide biannual cancer network meetings, to ensure as a PCN we are up to date with training, information and guidance around cancer care.

Cancer Care Reviews

If you are diagnosed with cancer, you will be supported by your surgery throughout your journey and will be offered cancer care reviews at 3 and 12 months after diagnosis. These reviews are an opportunity to discuss your diagnosis, treatment, and concerns, as well as address any needs and offer advice and signposting to relevant support services within your area.

National screening programmes

Bowel Screening

FIT (Faecal Immunochemical Test) is a test that looks for tiny traces of blood in a sample of your poo. 

Traces of blood in your poo can be caused by other medical conditions and doesn’t always mean you have cancer. But if it is cancer, finding it at an early stage means treatment is more likely to work. 

If you are aged 60-74, you will receive a FIT test in the post as part of the national screening programme. It is important to complete the FIT test so that you can spot any potential health conditions early, and have better control over your gastrointestinal health. 

Breast screening

Breast screening (also known as a mammogram) is a test that looks for breast cancer even in the absence of symptoms. It is important to attend your breast screening appointments, as well as checking your breasts at home for any lumps or changes. If you notice any changes in your breasts, please speak to your GP as soon as possible. 

Breast screening saves around 1,300 lives every year in the UK, as spotting breast cancer early gives you the best treatment outcome.  

If you are female, and aged 50-71, you will automatically be invited to have a mammogram. 

Cervical screening

Cervical screening helps to prevent cancer by spotting any changes to your cervix that could develop into cancer if left untreated. During your appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix and checked for high-risk types of human pappilomavirus (HPV). If these types of HPV are not found, you do not need any further tests. 

If high-risk HPV is found, it can be treated before they get a chance to turn into cervical cancer. It is important to attend your cervical screening appointments as it is the best way to prevent cervical cancer – and allows you to stay on top of your health. 

If you are female, and aged 25-64, you will automatically be invited to attend. 

Useful links

Bowel screening - NHS

For information regarding FIT tests

Breast screening - NHS

For information regarding Mammograms

Cervical screening - NHS

For information regarding cervical screening

Easy read screening information

Easy read information on screenings and general appointments

Breast Cancer Now

For information on how to check your breasts

Know Your Lemons - For Early Detection

Useful app to remind you about checking your breasts