Screening Tests for Adults (age 50 and above)

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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.

Cervical Cancer

Many deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented through screening. Detection and treatment of precancerous lesions found during a liquid based cytology (LBC) test can prevent cervical cancer, as well as detect cervical cancer at an early stage when it is most likely to be curable.

In the UK, all women between the ages of 25 and 64 are eligible for an NHS cervical screening test every three to five years. The screening programme stops at age 64 for women as long as their last 3 liquid based cytology (LBC) tests were normal. Department of Health guidelines state that these women are very unlikely to develop cervical cancer. Women over 64 who have had an abnormal liquid based cytology (LBC) test will continue to be invited for regular tests in the normal way.