Screening for cancer - it could save your life

Cancer screening involves testing people for the early signs of cancer before symptoms even develop. It can even prevent the disease developing at all if spotted early enough.

Screening saves thousands of lives in the UK every year, yet around 600 people in Salford die of cancer each year. This could be less if more people were screened early.

So why not get screened for cancer? It's quick and easy and could save your life.

In England there are 3 cancer screening programmes.

Bowel cancer screening

Bowel Cancer Screening is for people over 60 and is done using a home testing kit sent to you through the post. You collect small samples of your poo on the test card before sending it off to the lab in a hygienic freepost envelope. Your doctor will let you know the results after about two weeks.  Watch the videos below to find out more about the Greater Manchester Bowel Movement and how to use the home testing kit. 


The Bowel Screening Team aims to help everyone know just a little bit more about bowel cancer and the bowel cancer screening programme in Greater Manchester.

In some parts of Salford, less than a quarter of people aged 60-74 actively take part in the free screening programme, and yet bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK. The good news is that 98% of people diagnosed will survive if the cancer is found early, but we need more people to take part in the screening programme.

The Bowel Screening Team will be working with your local Doctor, Local Authority and within your local community to tackle sensitive issues such as cancer screening, signs and symptoms and how you can reduce your risk of cancer.

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Breast cancer screening

Breast Cancer screening invites are automatically sent out to all women aged 50-70, though you can ask for it before then. It involves a special x-ray of the breasts called a mammogram that looks for any lumps or abnormalities.

Cervical cancer screening

Cervical Cancer Screening, sometimes called a smear test, looks for abnormal cells in the cervix that might develop into cancer. From the age of 25, women will be invited for screening by their GP every 3 years, so if you've had yours don't put it off.