Cancer

Regular screening is offered at different stages in life for various types of cancer.  It is a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of getting that cancer, so that early treatment can be offered or information given to help them make informed decisions.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with about 48,000 women getting it each year. Most (8 out of 10) are over 50, but younger women, and in rare cases, men, can also get breast cancer.

The South West London Breast Screening Service provides breast screening, using breast x-rays (mammograms), for women registered with a GP in any of the six South West London boroughs – Croydon, Kingston, Richmond, Twickenham, Sutton, Merton or Wandsworth.

You can find out more about this specific service on the London Breast Screening website.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Regular bowel cancer screening has been shown to reduce the risk of dying from bowel cancer by 16%.

For further information about the Bowel Screening Programme, please ring the freephone helpline on 0800 707 6060 or the Bowel Cancer UK Advisory Service on 0800 840 3540.

You can also visit the South West London Bowel Cancer Screening website.

Around 900 women die of cervical cancer in England each year. However, cervical cancer can often be prevented. The signs that it may develop can be spotted early on so it can be stopped before it even gets started.