During July Age Cymru will be supporting the month long awareness campaign ‘Screening for Life’. ‘Screening for life’ is a month-long campaign aimed at encouraging eligible groups across Wales to take up free NHS screening.
Our Health Initiatives Officer is available to host information stands and give information about the screening services that are currently available free to eligible adults as part of the NHS screening programme.
Breast Test Wales
For women only aged 50 – 70 years. An invitation will automatically be sent to you by post but women over 70 can ring for an appointment. Women under 50 with a family history of breast cancer should consult their GP.
Cervical Screening Wales
For women aged 25 – 64 years. If you're aged 25 – 49 year olds you'll be screened every three years. If you're aged 50 – 64 year olds you'll be screened every five years. An invitation is sent by post.
Men and women aged 60 – 74 years. Home test kits are sent every 2 years.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Men only, aged 65.
Each of the programmes aimed at adults will be targeting specific groups during the month:
Breast Test Wales will be encouraging women being invited for screening for the first time to take up their screening invitations
Bowel Screening Wales is asking men, who tend to engage with the programme less than women, to consider returning their test kit.
The Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme will be targeting men eligible for screening who are still working and encouraging them to take time out to attend their appointment.
Diabetic Eye Screening Wales – the newest programme to join Public Health Wales – will be encouraging people eligible for screening who are at work to make sure they attend.
Cervical Screening Wales will be calling on younger women who have been for a smear test to talk to their older relatives or friends about the importance of attending
A screening ‘z card’ resource is available to download below. The pocket sized resource contains signposting information on all of the national screening programmes. The resource is ideal as a quick reference guide for professionals, and for handing out to people wanting to find out more about the services available.
Throughout the month, our Health Initiatives Officer is available across Wales, to talk to you about screening. Angharad is available to attend community events, shops, offices and established groups.
For more information contact Angharad on email or please call 029 2043 1556.