There are three cancer screening programmes:
- the NHS Breast Screening Programme
- the NHS Cervical Screening Programme
- the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
There is no reliable screening test for prostate cancer at present. However, the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme provides information to explain existing tests and treatments.
All three cancer screening programmes are delivered by the NHS. They are coordinated by the national office of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, part of Public Health England. The national office team sits within the Health and Wellbeing directorate. We write guidance for the programmes, and produce standards to make sure that you are properly cared for.
Every aspect of screening is carefully monitored against these standards to make sure that the service you are offered is of the highest quality. Staff at regional Quality Assurance Reference Centres work with screening services to ensure this. Like the national office team, they are employed by Public Health England.
Public Health England has been established to protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing and to reduce inequalities. It will lead on the development of a 21st-century health and wellbeing service, supporting local authorities and the NHS to deliver the greatest possible improvements in public health. For all corporate information, please see www.gov.uk/phe.
The National Office:
NHS Cancer Screening Programmes
Old Fulwood Road
SHEFFIELD S10 3TH
Tel: 0114 271 1060
Fax: 0114 271 1089
NHS Cancer Screening Press Office
70 Gray's Inn Road
Tel: 020 7400 4499
Fax 020 7400 4481