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Health Screening

We wanted to find out why people do - or don’t - have bowel, breast and cervical screening (smear tests), to see if we could suggest ways to remove any barriers people face accessing these services.

We spoke to 593 people about bowel screening; 478 women about breast screening, and 77 vulnerable women about their experiences of screening, accessing services and understanding of safeguarding. We are still collecting women’s views on cervical screening.

Some people told us they didn’t think they needed to be screened if they were under treatment for something else. We passed this information on and the commissioners and Public Health team have said explaining that this is not the case will now be added to the duties of two new cancer awareness staff.  

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