Ashgrove Group Practice

Detecting Cancer Early

Cervical screening (or known as a smear test) saves around 5,000 lives in the UK every year, and prevents 8 out 10 cervical cancers from developing.

All women in Scotland aged 25 to 49 are offered a smear test every three years.  Women aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years.

Women under the age of 25 who have already been invited for screening may be invited again before they reach 25. Some women are also offered screening more frequently, up to the age of 70 years.

To book an appointment please call us on 01506 657130

You can download our leaflets by clicking on the links below:

A smear test can save your life leaflet

Your smear test results leaflet

Your smear test after treatment

Bowel screening is offered to men and women aged 50 to 74 across Scotland to help find bowel cancer early when it can often be cured. You’re 14 times more likely to survive bowel cancer if it’s found early.

Half a million people in Scotland do their bowel screening test each year.

Some risk factors are unavoidable, such as age, sex or family history. However, as well as doing your bowel screening test you can reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer by:

Bowel Screening booklet

  • eating a healthy diet containing wholegrains like wholegrain bread and cereals, beans, pulses and plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • limiting foods high in sugar or fat, and avoiding sugary drinks
  • avoiding processed meat like bacon and sausages, and limiting red meat
  • getting to and keeping to a healthy weight – avoid gaining weight and try losing weight if overweight
  • being more active in everyday life, this includes walking more and sitting less
  • drinking less alcohol – not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention
  • stopping smoking
  • telling your GP if you’ve any worries about your bowel habits

Date published: 6th July, 2020
Date last updated: 6th July, 2020