Review of cancer screening launched by NHS England

Screening programmes for cancer are often praised for improving early detection rates of the diseases, and therefore leading to lives, time and money saved. Professor Sir Mike Richards will guide NHS England through a review of its programmes which will:

“look at how latest innovations can be utilised, including the potential use of artificial intelligence, integrating research and encourage more eligible people to be screened. It will also look to learn lessons from recent issues around breast and cervical screening.”

The current NHS England cancer screening programmes are:

  • Cervical screening – offered to women aged 25 to 64, with screening offered every three years for women aged up to 49 and every five years from 50 to 64
  • Breast screening – offered to women aged 50 to 70, with women over 70 able to self-refer for screening
  • Bowel screening – offered to men and women aged 60 to 74, and another bowel screening test offered to men and women at the age of 55 in some parts of England

The national medical director of NHS England, Steve Powis, said:

“Screening is a vital and effective tool in our fight against cancer. However, recent issues with breast and cervical cancer screening have shown that we need to look closely at these existing programmes.

“Sir Mike has wealth of experience in healthcare and is ideally placed to lead this independent review.”

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Published 20. November 2018 in News, News UK