Screening

Here at Pembroke Road, we are really focusing on helping to prevent cancer through encouraging our patients to make an informed choice and participate in the cervical, breast, bowels and aortic aneurysm screening programmes when they are called.

Please have a look through this section, it contains links to a variety of external resources and information which hopefully will explain what is involved in the various screening programmes, and why we feel you should engage when invited.

If you have any further questions or would like more information, please either complete an econsult via the website link (https://www.pembrokeroadsurgery.co.uk/econsult), or arrange a routine telephone call with any of the GPs via reception,  to talk things through in more detail.

Breast screening

All women will be invited to attend for regular mammograms, every 3 years from the age of 50 until 71. You can request to continue regular screening beyond this age if you choose.

Around 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their life, and the earlier it can be detected and treated, the better the long term outcome following diagnosis.

Please see the following links for more information about what to expect at a breast screening appointment, and more about the local Breast Care centre here in Bristol.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/

https://www.nbt.nhs.uk/bristol-breast-care-centre

Please remember if you develop new breast symptoms at any point, do not wait to be invited for screening, but book an appointment to speak to or see one of our GPs.

This website gives some useful information about how to monitor and self-examine your breasts, so you can be alert to any changes.

https://coppafeel.org/

 

Bowel Screening

Everyone over the age of 60 is invited to participate in the bowel screening programme every two years, and this is being expanded to include everyone over 56 soon. The screening test involves sending off a sample of stool or faeces in a kit that will arrive in the post, which is then tested to look for signs of bleeding from the bowel which can indicate underlying bowel cancer. If this is positive, indicating blood loss, then you may be invited for further tests, including camera examination or scans.

Please see these links for more information about the national screening programme

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/about-bowel-cancer/screening/

Please see this short animated film which explains how to do the test:

If you are worried about any new bowel symptoms, or changes in bowel habit, please do not wait to be invited for screening, but make an appointment with one of our GPs to talk things through in more detail and decide if investigations are needed.

 

Cervical Screening

Smear tests, or cervical screening, look for signs of infection with the Human Papilloma Virus, which is linked to the development of changes in the cells which can progress to cervical cancer. In the UK, all women between the ages of 25yrs and 64yrs are invited for regular smear tests, initially every 3 years, and then every 5years over the age of 50yr.

If you are peri- or post-menopausal, and/or have found smears uncomfortable in the past, please arrange to speak to one of our nurses or GPs to discuss the option of using some oestrogen cream or pessaries in the weeks before your appointment, as this can make the procedure much more comfortable for you."

Please see this link for more information about the screening programme

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/

This link will take you to a website which explains more about how the test is done, and what to expect at your appointment

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/cervical-screening

Please see this link for more information about accessing cervical screening if you are transgender or non-binary.

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/cervical-screening/trans-non-binary

These links are particularly useful for people with learning disabilities. Please get in touch if you feel you would like to talk to someone in more detail, or perhaps book a longer appointment for your smear. We are keen to support everyone in making sensible choices about their health.

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/video/smear-test-film

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/cervical-screening/cervical-screening-learning-disability

As always, if you are experiencing symptoms that worry you, particularly odd bleeding, change in discharge, or new pain or discomfort, please do wait for your smear invitation, but book an appointment to speak to one of our GPs or nurses who will be able to help decide what needs to be done to investigate things for you.

 

Aortic Aneurysm Screening

The aorta is the main, large artery or blood vessel, that runs down the centre of your abdomen. Some people can develop a bulge or swelling in the wall of the blood vessel, which can weaken it, and there is a national screening programme in place that offers men a one off ultrasound scan in the year they turn 65yr.

Please see this link for more information about the screening programme

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening/

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