Welcome to the Screening Saves Lives website!

We’re here to tell you about the five national health screening programmes – AAA, bowel, breast, cervical, and NHS Health Checks.

Just got your screening letter and have questions? We know that understanding more about screening makes people feel better about going. Here you can find out what your screening is looking for, and what it involves.

Not sure if you can get screened? You can find out who’s eligible, and what to do if you haven’t been contacted or missed your appointment.

We know that lots of people don’t go for their screening when they’re invited. They might be too busy, embarrassed, or scared it’ll hurt. But research shows that screening can, and does, save people’s lives. It can detect a problem early, before you have any symptoms. And finding out about a problem early can mean that treatment is more effective.

AAA screening
Bowel screening
Breast screening
Cervical screening
NHS Health Check
Reduce your risk

Reduce your Risk

We want people to get to know their body and start looking out for the signs and symptoms, know what to look for, and get support and help early if they notice any changes. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer; it affects 1 in 2 people at some point in their lives. Through the Reduce Your Risk campaign, we want to spread the message that there are things which can be done to prevent cancer. We know you can’t control everything, but a lot of people are surprised by how much our lifestyle choices impact on our risk of developing cancer and long-term conditions. The campaign aims to provide you with support and information about how to make lifestyle changes to protect you and your family.
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Finding breast cancer with screening
The UK national breast screening programme uses breast x-rays (mammograms) to find breast cancer early before it causes symptoms.

The programme invites women between the ages of 50 and 70 to have a mammogram every 3 years. In England, the screening programme is currently extending the age range from 47 to 73. Women older than this can ask to carry on having screening every 3 years.

Even with the breast screening programme, some breast cancers are first spotted by women themselves. This might be because the woman is too young to have started screening. Or it may be because she stopped having screening when she reached the age of 70. Or it could be that a breast cancer starts to cause symptoms between mammograms. This is known as an interval cancer.

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Breast Cancer what to look for!
You are looking and feeling for changes in the size, shape or feel of your breasts and armpits.

Most people naturally have one breast bigger than the other and this is normal.

Changes to look for:

a new lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
a change in size, shape or feel of your breast
skin changes in the breast such as puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin
fluid leaking from the nipple in a woman who isn’t pregnant or breast feeding
changes in the position of nipple
You may prefer to do this in the shower or bath, by running a soapy hand over each breast and under both armpits.

Remember to check the area near to your breast as well as your breasts. For example, the nearby armpit and the area above your breast.

Book an appointment to see your doctor, without delay if you notice any of these changes.

Breast pain
It's important to remember that breast pain is very common and it’s not normally due to cancer. But do see your doctor if you have breast pain. They can give you advice on how to treat the pain and whether you need any tests.
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A change in size, shape or feel of your breast!
A cancer might cause your breast to look bigger or have a different shape than usual, it might feel different.

Many healthy women find that their breasts feel lumpy and tender just before their period.

It can help to be breast aware. This means getting to know the size, shape and feel of your breasts.
Looking in a mirror can sometimes help spot thing that don't look right.
You don't need to examine your breasts every day or even every week. But it is important to know how your breasts normally feel, and how that changes with your periods.

Some women have lumpier breasts around the time of a period. If this is the same in both breasts, don't worry. But check your breasts again the following month, a few days after your period is over.

If the lumpiness comes and goes with your menstrual cycle, it is nothing to worry about.

Your breasts usually feel softer and not as lumpy if you no longer have periods.

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