Screening Tests for Adults

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Not everyone in this age group may need screening for every condition listed here. Click on the links above to read more about each condition and to determine if screening may be appropriate for you or your family member. You should discuss screening options with your health care practitioner.


Currently, National Screening programmes for Cervical, Bowel and Breast cancer are in place although the stage of implementation of the programme for Bowel Cancer is different across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The NHS National Screening Committee is currently developing the screening aspects of recommendation called the 'National Service Frameworks' for Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease, which will be important for this age group. In addition, consideration is being given to the introduction of screening for ovarian cancer. Half of all the deaths in the country are due to heart disease and cancer, so preventive services for these diseases are given widespread attention. Periodic health examinations will allow your height, weight, and blood pressure to be monitored.