Screening aims to detect changes and find cancer as early as possible, usually before there are noticeable changes or symptoms. It is for healthy people within the population who have no symptoms that concern them. Screening programmes for breast, cervical and bowel cancers are available for people in certain age groups.
Screening in NI
Screening programmes are a way to detect cancer at a very early stage, when symptoms are not present. In NI, there are 3 national screening programmes for 3 cancer types:
While screening programmes are the best way to detect certain cancers early, there are many other cancers where screening isn’t available, or you may not be eligible for the existing screening programmes. In these cases, knowing the signs and symptoms and using self-examination can help you identify times when you should get checked out by your GP.